Michelle Chenowith – Just after 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, Pope County 911 dispatched the Crow Mountain Fire Department, Linker Mountain Fire Department, and Moreland Fire Department to a structure fire near at 131 Walleye Drive in the Cove Landing subdivision.
As the rural fire companies acknowledged they had received the information and checked en route, dispatch requested Battalion 1 and Engine 1 with the Russellville Fire Department to respond to provide mutual aid in the call. While firefighters responded to the address, dispatch advised that a vehicle had caught fire in an attached garage at the residence. Dispatch then advised that everyone was out of the house at that time and 911 operators were receiving “multiple calls” reporting the fire.
RFD Battalion 1 and Engine 1 were first to arrive on scene and advised dispatch that heavy smoke was exiting the home. After giving a scene size up, RFD firefighters advised they would be making a fast attack on the blaze and Battalion 1, Battalion Chief Brent Hamm, took command of the scene. Moments after RFD firefighters made their fast attack on the fire, Crow Mountain firefighters arrived on scene and joined RFD in the firefight. As additional fire departments arrived, an offensive attack began.
While conducting the offensive attack, firefighters entered the burning garage and began aggressively fighting the fire from the interior. As the battle continued, flames began exiting the roof of the garage. Additional firefighters began working the exterior of the home to assist in gaining control of the blaze. After some time, the persistent efforts of firefighters paid off as they began to gain progress and the fire was determined to be under control.
At approximately 2:40 command of the call was turned over to Crow Mountain Fire Department’s Assistant Chief Randy Ellis and all mutual aid departments were released from the scene. Crow Mountain firefighters continued to work dousing what remained of the fire and a short time later the fire was extinguished.
After performing overhaul efforts and ensuring there was no fire extension, Crow Mountain firefighters began mopping up. At 3:25 p.m. command was terminated and all Crow Mountain firefighters returned available for service.