Shortly after 3 p.m., Wednesday, members of the Brazil City Fire Department responded to a garage fire at Anita Turner's residence, 905 E. Pinckley Street. Firefighters were able to get the fire under control within 20 minutes, but remained on the scene for an hour to ensure the it was out.
TransCare personnel treated firefighter Shane Zurcher at the scene for minor injuries to his ribs and lower back sustained in a minor fall. Taken to St. Vincent Clay Hospital for safety precautions, Zurcher, who suffered from bruised ribs, was treated and released.
"(Zurcher) will be off duty for a couple of days," Fire Chief Jim Smith said. "He's pretty sore right now, but he will return to duty."
As for the cause of the fire, Smith said Turner, who lives just outside the Brazil City limits, told officials at the scene she thought a small brush fire near her home was out, but the wind re-ignited it, apparently catching the garage on fire.
"This type of fire is not allowed within the city limits," Smith said. "City residents are allowed fires within a container, like inside a grill for cooking, or one, like a ceremonial fire, which permitted by the city ordinance."
To review a copy of the city and state's burn ordinance online, log on to the City of Brazil's website at http://www.brazil.in.gov/Fire/OpenBurnin....
Smith said city residents should stop by the dispatchers' office at the Brazil City Police Department to review the city burn ordinance.
Residents will then be given a copy of the ordinance, the types of materials that can be burned, the size of the fire allowed before signing the required documents with the address, date and time they are planning to have a scheduled burn or a bonfire.
"There is no cost involved in getting the proper paperwork and it only takes five minutes," Smith said about the quick filing process for a permit. "It can potentially save them from a hefty fine if we have to come to their home for an illegal burn."
With spring yard cleaning just around the corner, Smith urges people to pay special attention if they are planning any type of open burning this year.
"We have had some unusual weather this year. The ground may appear dry on the surface, but it really isn't underneath," Smith said. "If a fire should get away from someone in a yard or field, the ground could make it very difficult for us to get to it. People need to always use caution around fire."