Area fire departments battle two blazes

Area fire departments were busy Friday battling two fires and July heat that ranged from 97 to 99 degrees during the operation.

A multi-story home fire on Gravel Road Friday resulted in the total loss of the home.

Lebanon City and Lebanon Rural Fire Department engine companies, the first arriving fire units on the scene with Rhonda Harwood as the on-scene commander, found heavy fire coming from the attic of the home and part of the second story.

“They took immediate attack on the fire, and water was a big challenge,” said Fire Chief Phillip Pitts with the Lebanon Rural Fire Department.

Pitts said firefighters needed a massive amount of water immediately to combat the blaze.

Consequently, 14 fire departments were called in to both shuttle water and to relieve the firefighters who were working in the tremendous July heat, the heat from the fire, and the trapped heat of their firefighting gear.

“Once we got enough water on site and enough personnel, we started to bring the fire under control rather quickly, “ Pitts said.

Pitts said the fire appeared to have started in one of the forced air vent attic fans.

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