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City, county tag-team fire

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By Meaghan Downs

It’s rare for the city fire district to call in Anderson County fire district backup, but in the case of the June 9 kitchen fire in a residence on North Main Street, it was necessary.
“When we’re shorthanded, especially with this extreme heat, we knew they would be pretty exhausted when they came out,” Robert Hume, city fire chief, said.
What started as a kitchen fire couldn’t be extinguished, and the city fire department arrived first on the scene last Thursday afternoon. The Anderson County fire district arrived later with two fire trucks and 13 firefighters to help support the firefighters, usually wearing about 75 pounds of equipment, working in the afternoon heat.
According to Anderson County Fire Chief Mike Barnes, the apartment of origin had extensive damage to kitchen and dining room, as well as heat and smoke damage to the rest of the apartment.
“By the time our fireman got there, it was pretty involved,” Hume said.
The remaining three upstairs apartments were mostly unaffected, although the lower apartment did have minimal water seepage. No one was injured.
“The woman who lived there said smoke was billowing out the front door,” Marty Terry, lieutenant with the Anderson County fire district.  
Anderson County Fire Chief Mike Barnes said the county fire district is only occasionally called in for backup, maybe three or four times this year.