Firefighters Battle Two Fires in the City Last Week
On Wednesday, May 30, volunteers with the Lexington Volunteer Fire Department extinguished a 1-acre grass fire caused by an outdoor burn that got out of control. The fire occurred in the 1900 block of Hwy. 77 N. in Lexington, at a mobile home, adjacent to Colbywood Apartments.
Then, in the early hours of Saturday morning, June 2, at 12:15 a.m., Lexington firefighters were dispatched to 908 Hale Street, just west of the Elementary School campus. The wood structure that was once used as the old parsonage for the AME Church built in 1896, but had not been occupied in decades, was completely engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived minutes after the call came in.
Officer Nurse with the Lexington Police Department helped to block the area for the arrival of the fire department. Nine firefighters, using four fire trucks, kept the fire from spreading to other areas of the city.
Chris Billings got a backhoe from Boettcher Construction and used it to pile up the burning debris, to help contain the fire.
Members of the LVFD worked the fire for two hours. Helping in the effort were Fire Chief Donnie Milburn, Trey Bell, Daniel Green, Monroe Schneider, Ace Blankenburg, Allen Retzlaff, Mickey Milburn, Jonathan Milburn, and Chris Billings.
Once the Lexington VFD arrived on the scene, Officer Nurse began canvassing the area in an attempt to gather information which could potentially lead to identifying a possible suspect.
Cause of the fire is unknown at this time. The investigation is ongoing.