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Talladega Fire Department answers 22 calls during week, including 10 vehicle accidents

Talladega Fire Department

TALLADEGA -- The Talladega Fire Department answered 22 calls during the past week, including 10 vehicle accidents; two of those accidents involved all-terrain vehicles at the TOP Trails Park, and another involved a golf cart at Shocco Springs Baptist Conference Center.

The first call of the week was to Alabama 77 on April 26, to a one-vehicle accident involving a car that hit a tree. According to Chief Danny Warwick, no one was transported from this wreck.

The next two calls came in about 10 minutes apart, following a rain storm the afternoon of April 26. In both cases, at houses on Hawthorne Street and Woodland Drive, neighbors saw steam coming off shingled roofs and mistook it for smoke. There was no fire at either location, Warwick said.

The last call April 26 was to a one-vehicle accident on Jackson Trace Road that resulted in two injuries, Warwick said.

The first call April 27 was to the American Legion Post on Welch Avenue, where Alabama Power was replacing a line when the old one began arcing. Warwick said Talladega police got the fire out with a portable fire extinguisher. The fire did result in damage to a small portion of an exterior wall, he said.

That afternoon, firefighters also responded to a two-vehicle accident on Alabama 77 North near the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post that resulted in both vehicles being totaled and one driver being transported to the emergency room of Brookwood Baptist Health Center/Citizens Baptist Medical Center by NorthStar Ambulance.

The first call Saturday was to a fire at the top of a power pole on Eastwood Avenue that was eventually put out by Alabama Power. The golf cart accident at Shocco Springs was later that afternoon, followed by a call to a smoking power pole on Chaffee Street. In the latter case, firefighters were on standby until an Alabama Power crew arrived.

The first TOP Trails wreck was about an hour later.

The injured ATV rider was brought to the front of the park by staff and treated at the scene by Clay County Ambulance Service, Warwick said.

The last accident of the day was on the 275 Bypass near Jackson Trace Road, Warwick said. The one-vehicle accident did not cause any serious injury or traffic blockage, he said.

The only call Sunday was to an ATV versus tree accident at TOP Trails. The driver and passenger were both ejected, both transported to the emergency room at Brookwood/Citizens and, eventually, both airlifted to University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital, according to Warwick.

Monday’s first call was to a small grass fire at the Broadway Mobile Home Park, which was quickly extinguished. The same day, firefighters responded to a woods fire on Rowland Lane in Munford that resulted from someone burning trash, Warwick said. The fire burned less than 1 acre before it was put out.

Monday evening, firefighters responded to an ATV accident on Black Snake Road that injured an 8-year-old boy. The child was transported to the emergency room at Brookwood/Citizens by NorthStar Ambulance, Warwick said.

The only call listed Tuesday was a car versus power pole accident on Court Street North that did not result in any serious injury.

The first of two calls Wednesday was to a downed telephone line on Stephen J. White Memorial Boulevard. The second involved a small trash fire on Smith Lane that was quickly extinguished, Warwick said.

Four calls had come in as of Thursday afternoon, Warwick said. The first was to a one-vehicle accident on Berney Station Road that did not result in any serious injuries. The second was to a stove top fire on Harrison Drive.

Later Thursday afternoon, firefighters responded to a brush fire off Dye Road that burned a small area before being extinguished, Warwick said. The cause of the fire had not been determined Thursday afternoon.

The last call was to a grass fire on Costner Street that seems to have started with a fire in a junked car in a nearby scrapyard, Warwick said.