TALLADEGA -- The Talladega Fire Department responded to 16 calls during the past week, including five vehicle fires.
According to Chief Danny Warwick, the first call of the week was to a two-vehicle accident in front of Michael’s Menswear on the west side of the Square on Aug. 2. The injuries did not appear to be serious, but one of the drivers complained of back pain and was taken to the emergency room at Brookwood Baptist Health Center/Citizens Baptist Medical Center by NorthStar Ambulance.
The week’s first car fire was the same day, on North Court Street. When firefighters arrived, Warwick said, the passenger compartment of a Buick Century was filled with smoke, and the vehicle itself was fully involved.
A combination of water and foam was used to put the fire out, but it was still not immediately clear what might have caused it in the first place.
There was another vehicle fire, this one involving a 2007 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup truck, the following day on East Battle Street. This time, the fire was coming from the engine compartment; the owner said he had recently worked on the vehicle himself.
The same day, firefighters responded to a fire call at City Court II Apartments on Broadway Avenue. In this case, a young boy had been playing with his mother’s lighter and set some items in a closet on fire. Damage was limited to the closet and an upstairs bedroom, Warwick said.
Also Aug. 3, firefighters responded to yet another vehicle fire, this one involving a 1990 Ford F150 on Ashland Highway. Light smoke was coming out from under the hood as a result of a small fire in the battery compartment, Warwick said.
The first call Saturday was also to Ashland Highway but turned out to be a false alarm. Firefighters also responded to an emergency medical services aid request for a resident of Presbyterian Oaks who had fallen, a dryer fire on Plant Road, a lift assist for RPS paramedics on Elbert Davis Street and a false alarm on Alabama 21 North.
There were no calls logged for Sunday, and the only call for Monday was yet another vehicle fire, this one involving a Dodge Caravan minivan on West Battle Street. Warwick said there was light smoke coming out of the engine compartment when firefighters arrived.
The last car fire was Tuesday near Alabama 77 North and the 275 Bypass involving a Talladega police patrol car. Warwick said the water pump had seized up on the vehicle, causing it to lose a belt. There was light smoke coming from under the hood on arrival.
No one was injured in any of the week’s car fires.
The first call Wednesday was to a two-vehicle accident at Jackson Trace Road and the bypass. One of the two drivers complained of head pain and was taken to the emergency room, Warwick said.
The same day, firefighters also responded to a tree that had fallen across power lines on Costner Street.
Thursday’s first call was to a cooking fire on McAlpine Street, with damage limited to the stove area. The last call of the week as of Thursday afternoon was a two-vehicle accident on Alabama 77 North that sent one driver to the hospital.
Warwick said he could not say why there had been so many car fires this week, but there does not appear to be a common thread among them.