Talladega Fire Department

TALLADEGA -- The Talladega Fire Department had a quiet week this week, answering half a dozen calls.

According to Capt. Anthony Pitts, the week’s first call was to a passenger vehicle fire at West Gate Homes on Saturday. There was heavy fire coming from under the vehicle’s hood when firefighters arrived, he said. The cause of the fire remained undetermined Thursday.

The next day, the only call was to a one-vehicle accident on South Street East involving a vehicle leaving the roadway and hitting a tree. The driver was transported to Brookwood Baptist Health Center/Citizens Baptist Medical Center in Talladega by NorthStar paramedics.

The first of two calls Monday was to an overheated air conditioning unit at a residence on Naff Avenue. The other call for the day was to the Sonic Drive-In, where a CO2 canister had frozen and was malfunctioning. Pitts said firefighters were able to shut the valve off until the company that services the machine could come and fix the problem.

The only call Tuesday was a two-vehicle accident on Alabama 77 near the intersection with Alabama 34 that took the life of Shane Knight Butler, 63, of Talladega. The other driver was transported to Brookwood/Citizens.

There were no calls listed Wednesday, and the only call as of Thursday afternoon was to a one-vehicle accident at South Street and Fort Lashley Avenue, where a car struck a power pole. The driver refused transport, Pitts said.