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Numerous calls keep city fire department busy

Friday, February 7, 2003

The Brazil Fire Department was called to Great Dane and two house fires in the past week.

Lightning hit a power substation at Great Dane, U.S. 40 at Harmony, Monday night. When the equipment began powering up, more fuses were blown, requiring a Cinergy/PSI crew to reset equipment and restore power to the building.

About 200 employees were affected, Chief Joe Bennett said. However, the factory was operating normally Tuesday morning.

Two calls from The Times to Great Dane about the fire were not returned.

The city fire department sent three trucks and seven men to Great Dane, because the first report was that a building was on fire at that location.

Two houses were also damaged due to fire this week.

At 5:33 p.m. Saturday, Brazil fiefighters were dispatched to 1301 Willow Drive, the Chris Skelton family residence, for a truck on fire in a garage.

Heavy smoke could be seen 1/2 mile away, according to Chief Bennett.

Firefighters were notified the structure caught fire and there was potential for an explosion.

Upon arrival, firefighters found the vehicle and attached garage fully engulfed in flames with heavy smoke venting from the house.

The truck and garage were a total loss and the house received minimal smoke and water damage.

Two engines, an aerial and eight firefighters were on the scene two hours.

The house is owned by Wrangler Thomas.

Another house fire was reported early Tuesday. Brazil firefighters were sent to 216 E. Kruzan. An estimated $10,000 damage was done to the building.

Two engines and four firemen stayed on the scene until 3:30 a.m., Bennett said.

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