DVFD Makes Two Weekend Fire Runs

Dubois (Local Sources) – Dubois Volunteer firefighters called out twice over the weekend.

At about 1:15 Saturday afternoon, DVFD was called to a possible electrical fire at the Derek Jones residence in the 5300 block of East Jackson Street in Dubois.

Upon arrival, firefighters found the crawl space filled with smoke under a modular home with a small fire near where the electrical service comes in the home. Mr. Jones stated that he used a small garden hose to try and extinguish the flames before firefighters arrived and used their equipment.

Mr Jones, who is also a volunteer firefighter on the department, stated that he was working in his detached garage when half of the lights went out. He began to investigate the cause when he heard a loud pop which was most likely a nearby REC transformer on a pole.  It was determined that the wires that were ran from the home to his detached garage had shorted out under the home and started a fire.

The short resulted in tripping the fuse on the transformer, which caused a power outage to six nearby homes. Dubois REC did respond to the scene and power was fully disconnected to the garage.

An electrician had to do an assessment of the wiring before REC personnel would turn power back on to the home. After checking things out, power was indeed turned back on to the home.  There was minimal damage to the home

Meanwhile, shortly before 2:00pm Friday, firefighters were called to a woods fire at the Travis Roach residence, along North 900 East.

Upon arrival, firefighters found a large wooded area burning behind the house, which had burned all the way to the edge of the house unknowingly. Although there was no damage to the home, the fire did consume an area of about one and a half acres of wooded ground.

Mr. Roach was home at the time and stated that he had taken out a couple large cardboard boxes and burned them near the woods. He stated that he thought they were out when he went back inside his home, but a short time later, he smelled smoke and looked outside to find a large wooded area burning and called 911.

Due to the type of area and accessibility, all available DVFD manpower was requested. The fire was contained without any major damage to property.

There were no injuries during either fire.


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