Brazil City firefighters spent New Year's Eve and New Year's Day fighting house fires.
At 11:47 p.m. Dec. 31, the department was dispatched to 610 W. Church St. after smoke with an unknown cause was found in a residence at 610 W. Church St., the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Love.
After investigation, the cause was determined to be a faulty furnace blower which had pushed smoke through the entire apartment unit, said Fire Chief Tobey Archer.
"Time completed for the service call was 15 minutes into the New Year," said Archer. "The Loves rang in the New Year with a bit of bad luck and the Department responded to a call that started in 2004 and ended in 2005."
A few hours later, at 3:16 a.m. Saturday, the department responded to fully involved structure fire at 520 N. Leavitt St.
The one-story home belonged to Tim Tryon who was not home at the time of the fire. Tyron had left the residence earlier in the evening. Due to fog conditions the fire was allowed to burn for a substantial period before it was reported to 911 as "something large burning in the area."
When responding units arrived, the fire had already consumed a large portion of the home and vented itself through the roof.
Responding firefighters made an initial search of the residence because it was unknown at the time if anyone was home. All off-duty personnel were called in to respond to the scene. The department remained on the scene, extinguishing hot spots until 6:54 a.m.
Assistant Chief A.C. Bennett and Chief Archer later determined the cause to be an electrical baseboard heater that malfunctioned on the west side of the structure. Despite his misfortune, Mr. Tyron told firefighters he was "just glad no one was hurt by the fire."