Talladega Fire Department

TALLADEGA -- The Talladega Fire Department answered 16 calls during the past week, including five traffic accidents. Only one of those accidents involved any injuries, according to Lt. Scott Shelton.

The first call of the week was to a gas spill on East Battle Street on Feb. 1, followed by a brush fire of less than 1 acre on Old Shocco Road and a traffic accident with no injuries on South Street.

The only accident involving any injuries was Feb. 2 at the 275 Bypass and Alabama 21. Two vehicles were involved, and both drivers were transported to Brookwood Baptist Health Center/Citizens Baptist Medical Center with what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries. Firefighters also answered an accidental alarm call on Wells Avenue the same day.

The first call Feb. 3 was to an accident on Howell’s Cove Road that ended up being an abandoned vehicle on the side of the road. The same day, firefighters also responded to a smoke detector on McMillan Street, an accident with no injuries on Jackson Trace Road and a call canceled en route to Mountain View Road.

The only call Feb. 4 was to Ponderosa Road, but no incident was apparent when firefighters arrived.

Monday’s first call was to an accident with no injuries on Jackson Trace Road, followed by a false alarm on Ward Avenue. On Tuesday, firefighters responded to a gas leak at West Street and Battle Street and an unintentional alarm on Maple Street. There were no calls listed for Wednesday.

The week’s only structure fire was Thursday morning at 402 West St. The house sustained heavy damage, but further details were unavailable Thursday afternoon. The house was unoccupied, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Thursday afternoon, firefighters also responded to a small burn pile on North Street. Shelton said the fire was out by the time they arrived.