Kermit VFD: Emergency vehicle, home catch fire

November 28, 2018

JENNIES CREEK — Smoke detectors are of high importance for keeping families safe, and one family living on Jennies Creek in Crum found that out on Sunday afternoon.

Around 12:20 p.m., the Kermit Volunteer Fire Department was toned out for a structure fire on Old Fork Road on Jennies Creek. This long hollow is actually located in southern Wayne County, but the KFVD from Mingo County covers this area.

Addie Spaulding and her son were at home at the time of the fire and both were alerted when a smoke detector started beeping and they safely got out of the trailer.

“Homeowners were home at the time of the fire the home had working smoke detectors and the fire was contained to the bedroom with the rest of the home having moderate smoke and water damage,” Lt. Cain Maynard of the KVFD said.

Maynard reminds everyone that they should have working smoke detectors in their homes. If they have them, they should also check and make sure the batteries are working and up to date.The Kermit VFD responded with four engines and 17 volunteer firefighters, according to Lt. Maynard.

The KVFD also responded to a vehicle fire on Sunday night involving a Dunlow Ambulance Service vehicle.

The vehicle caught on fire on Webb Road, which is off of U.S. Rt. 52. No injuries were reported and the blaze was extinguished. The ambulance crew had just come back from making a call.

Dunlow Fire Chief explained the situation in a statement. “Dunlow Squad 702 was involved in a spontaneous fire coming back from a call. Near Webb Road, the squad burst into fire. The ambulance did not have a patient on board. The crew escaped the squad and thankful to God, they were unharmed.”

“Kermit Fire Dept. responded and quickly extinguished the flames. The squad was a total loss,” Stroud said.

Stroud said Dunlow EMS lost a squad, equipment and thousands of dollars worth of valuable EMS equipment.

“I stress to all people of the Dunlow, Genoa and Crum Communities, we are still providing Ambulance services. Sq 72 was one of our older still operational squads. However, Sq 76 is the only emergency ambulance available for our coverage area. We will endeavor to quickly resolve this situation and add a second squad to our fleet,” he said.

“We continue to ask for prayers from our community and are thankful that NO ONE was harmed during this unfortunate incident. We are still operating!”

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