TALLADEGA -- The Talladega Fire Department answered 23 calls between Nov. 29 and Thursday, including an explosion that destroyed a residence and a vehicle fire that took out gas pumps.
No one was seriously injured in either incident.
According to Chief Danny Warwick, the week’s first call came in as a possible gas leak on Martin Luther King Drive on Nov. 29. As it turned out, there was a propane leak near the Helen Keller School that had already been repaired by the time firefighters arrived.
The next day, the first call was to a two-vehicle accident on Ashland Highway near Houston Elementary School. No one was injured.
The explosion was at a residence on the 200 block of Jemison Street. According to Warwick, the original call resulted from an accidental fire starting on a couch inside the residence, which caused an oxygen bottle to explode. When firefighters arrived, the house was already fully involved. A second bottle exploded shortly after they arrived, he said.
The house is a total loss, and one person was transported to the emergency room of Brookwood Baptist Health Center/Citizens Baptist Medical Center with what Warwick characterized as non-life-threatening injuries.
The last call for November was a one-vehicle accident on Plant Road that did not result in any injuries.
December started with a tree blocking Cheatwood Road early Dec. 1. The tree was removed and the street was reopened, Warwick said.
The next call involved a refrigerator at the Dollar General on East Street that was leaking Freon onto the floor. The store was briefly evacuated while the spill was cleaned up, and the management was advised to contact the maintenance contractor.
The next call also involved a downed tree, this time on Old Shocco Road near the 275 Bypass, blocking traffic in both directions. The next call turned out to be a false alarm on Alabama 21 North.
The evening of Dec. 1, firefighters responded to a one-vehicle accident on Renfroe Road; the vehicle was fully involved when firefighters arrived on the scene, and two people were transported to Brookwood/Citizens by NorthStar ambulance.
Still on Dec. 1, firefighters responded to a one-vehicle accident with no injuries on Broadway Avenue, a downed power line on John Irwin Drive in Eastaboga and a side-by-side ATV accident at TOP Trails Park that sent two people to the hospital.
The last two calls for the day involved a Talladega College student setting off an alarm by smoking in his dorm room and assisting paramedics with a patient who had fallen in their home on Alabama 77.
The only call Sunday was a two-vehicle accident on the 275 Bypass at Jackson Trace Road that resulted in a blocked roadway but no serious injuries.
There were two calls listed for Monday, including a one-vehicle rollover on Mountain View Road at Grogan Road with no injuries and a false alarm at the hospital.
The first call Tuesday morning was a vehicle fire involving an 18-wheeler carrying wood chips on Haynes Street. The cab and engine compartment were completely destroyed, and the cause of the fire remained under investigation Thursday afternoon.
The next call was to the Gupta Food Mart on Alabama 21 South, near Midway Memory Gardens. Warwick said a spark of static electricity was discharged while the driver was pumping gas into his car. The vehicle and the gas pump were fully involved when firefighters arrived, although no one was injured in connection with the incident.
The last call Tuesday was to assist with a 70-year-old who had a seizure on Broadway Avenue.
The first call Wednesday involved a one-vehicle accident on Old Shocco Road. The vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree, sending the driver to the emergency room, Warwick said. Lincoln Fire and Rescue and RPS Ambulance also responded.
The only other call logged for Wednesday involved a strong chemical odor on Dellwood Drive, but Warwick said it had dissipated by the time firefighters arrived, and the source was never identified.
The last call for the week as of Thursday afternoon involved a small gasoline spill at the Chevron Station on East Battle Street.