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Morning fire may have been due to electrical problems

Friday, March 31, 2006

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Dick Johnson firefighters were first on the scene to respond to a fire that fully engulfed Jason Mabis' residence, located at 10846 N. C.R. 200 West Friday morning.

Around 9:30 a.m. Friday, Timothy Tedders, of 818 Coal St., Brazil, discovered his friend's trailer was on fire. He called for help, then notified his friend of the fire and tried to rescue the family's pets.

"I ride my bike up here every day to visit with my friend Jason. When I got here today, the door was all black with smoke coming out the top," Tedders told The Brazil Times at the scene. "I kicked the door in because I thought their puppy might be inside."

Tedders did not find the family's puppy, but he did fight the intense heat from the fire to rescue Jasmine, a Pit Bull tied next to the burning home.

"They may have the puppy with them, at least I hope so," he said. "I couldn't let anything happen to Jasmine because they've had her since she was six-weeks old. They love her so much."

Located across the road from Poor Boys Wrecking Service, employees saw the fire at Mabis' home and rushed to help.

Several men used a wrecker to remove Mabis' pickup truck from the driveway to open a path for emergency vehicles and keep it from being damaged in the fire, while another man ran to get wire cutters so Tedders could cut Jasmine's chain to free the dog.

No injuries were reported at the scene.

Clay County Sheriff's Deputy Brian Pierce controlled traffic while members of the Brazil City Fire Dept., and volunteer firefighters from Dick Johnson and Posey departments worked to put out the fire.

Firefighters from Dick Johnson attacked the exterior fire while Brazil firefighters performed an attack on the interior fire and Posey firefighters provided assistance using portable dump tanks to ensure a constant supply of water.

"I really appreciate the help from the departments of Dick Johnson and Posey at today's fire," Brazil Fire Chief Tobey Archer said in a telephone interview Friday afternoon. "The homeowner's report of recent problems with the breaker box and evidence at the scene points to electrical problems being the probable cause of the fire, but the incident is still under investigation."

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