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West Lafayette FD Car and House Fire

By JIM MCKEEVER, Correspondent | August 06, 2020 | OHIO

Story No. 080620103

WEST LAFAYETTE, OH - At about 5 p.m., on Wednesday, August 5, 2020, a 911 call came in to the Coshocton Sheriff’s Office reporting that a car was on fire and it was close to the house. The West Lafayette FD was immediately dispatched to a home in the 53000 block of Coshocton County, Township Road 155, for a car fire. Shortly after being dispatched, the home resident called back in on 911 and stated that the house is now on fire. Second alarm units were then dispatched and that included Three Rivers FD, Newcomerstown FD, and Bakersville FD.

Arriving units on scene found the car well involved and the fire also went up the outside of the home and extended into the first floor and also up to the roof. The firefighters knocked down the fire on the car and moved into an interior attack on the first floor. Firefighters were also working on the fire on the roof. As second alarm units arrived and moved to an entrance on the “D” side of the house to mount and interior attack on the roof.

A portable pond was set up to establish a water supply. Three water tankers were put to full use to shuttle water to the portable pond.The shuttle operation went smoothly due to being able to refill the pond from two sides.

Because it was a hot sunny day, Jackson Twp. FD was also called in for more manpower. Operations were winding down and doing some overhaul and hitting the hot spots to wrap things up.

Also assisting on scene was the Coshocton County EMS, Coshocton County Sheriff's Office, and the Salvation Army Disaster Services with cool drinks and wet towels for the firefighters.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.