TALLADEGA -- The Talladega Fire Department responded to 23 calls during the past week, including four motor vehicle accidents. Three of those involved injuries, according to Chief Danny Warwick.
The first of these was a two-vehicle accident Sept. 6 at Coffee and Asbury streets. Warwick said firefighters assisted NorthStar paramedics in loading one of the drivers onto an ambulance for transport to the emergency room at Brookwood Baptist Health Center/Citizens Baptist Medical Center for treatment of what appeared to be minor injuries.
The first of eight calls Sept. 7 was to the 200 block of Brian Street but was canceled before arrival, Warwick said. Next was a smoke scare from a malfunctioning fluorescent light at Regional Finance on Battle Street, followed by a vehicle fire at the scrap yard on Costner Street.
Shortly after that call, firefighters responded to a woods fire over an area of about half an acre on Jackson Trace Circle. Warwick said the resident of a nearby mobile home was burning trash and said she was unaware of the burn ban.
Also Sept. 7, firefighters answered a call to a combine that had caught fire on Ironaton Road near Stockdale Road and then sparked a brush fire that burned about half an acre of corn field. That afternoon, there was also a two-vehicle accident at Tera Lane and Alabama 21 South that injured three people, including one who had to be extricated.
The last two incidents Sept. 7 were a car versus 18-wheeler accident that sent the driver of the car to Brookwood/Citizens via NorthStar, and a passenger vehicle fire on Gary Street that had been put out by the time firefighters arrived.
The first of three calls Sept. 8 was to Mitchell Road but was canceled en route. The next was a medical assist on Elizabeth Avenue, followed by a grass and power pole fire on Hillendale Drive. Warwick said the fire was extinguished, and Alabama Power was notified.
The only call Sept. 9 was to a one-vehicle accident on Old Shocco Road, apparently with no injuries. Warwick said the vehicle was on the side of the road, and no one was inside it or at the scene.
The first call Monday was to a false alarm at Senior Grove on the Talladega College campus apparently triggered by burnt popcorn in the microwave.
The next two calls were also false alarms, on Oliver and Dial streets. A call to Season’s Way was canceled en route, and a call to the Head Start center on Stemley Bridge Road seemed to be due to a malfunction. Warwick said Stemley Volunteer Fire Department also answered this call.
The first call for Tuesday turned out to be an authorized controlled burn behind the gas company on Coosa Street, followed by a call to Renfroe Road that was canceled en route.
The only call listed for Wednesday was a grass fire that turned out to be unfounded, Warwick said.
Early Thursday, firefighters answered an accidental alarm activation on Patty Lane, followed by another apparent false alarm at a dormitory at the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind.