Chief Jimmy Wilkins said the department was disatched to a fire at at a residence at 144 Dover Road on the afternoon of Jan. 11. Wilkins said a wood heater used in the home developed a crack “where the thimble goes into the flue” allowing flames to escape and set the wall and then the ceiling on fire. Firefighters from Jonesville and the Bonham Fire Department were on the scene nearly 90 minutes extinguishing the blaze.
Wilkins said while the wall on the right side of the house was damaged, the building remains habitable. He said there were no injuries among either the residents or firefighters.
One good turn deserves another and just as Bonham supported Jonesville on Monday, Jonesville supported Bonham in responding to a fire at the Standard Textile Plant at 100 High Point Drive Tuesday afternoon. Wilkins said the fire, which was started by “an exhaust fan that burned up,” did no major damage to the building and caused no injuries.
The Jonesville Fire Department was called out Saturday to clear a landing zone for the Regional One helicopter. Wilkins said the department was dispatched to clear the landing zone for the airlift of a cardiac patient. The plan was to use the grassy area next to the upper end of the parking lot at Disney Direct Marketing on U.S. 176. There was no landing, however. Wilkins said the airlift was canceled and the patient transported by ambulance.
It was a quiet week for the Whitmire Fire Department which had to respond to only two automobile accidents.
Chief Michael Thomas said on Tuesday his department was dispatched to Highway 66 to assist with an overturned vehicle. On Sunday, Thomas said his department was again dispatched to assist with an overturned vehicle, this time on the Newberry Highway. Thomas said in both instances the drivers had already gotten out of their vehicles by the time firefighters arrived on scene. There were no serious injuries in either incident.