Martin Volunteer Fire Department stays busy in the past week

By Marj Frew

Martin Volunteer Fire Department crews have been busy lately. Along with a training exercise burning, they have been called out to accidents and weather spotting.

Unoccupied RV Fire

On July 1, at approximately 11:30 a.m., the department was called to a trailer fire two miles west and two miles south of Martin. Upon arrival they learned it was an unoccupied camper, and they soon knocked the fire down. The camper sustained heavy damage, but no injuries occurred. “It was probably an electrical fire,” according to O’Bryan.

Practice Burn

The department held a training exercise on Tuesday evening, July 2,  with the burning of a building which had previously been occupied by Tom Ward. The land owner requested the burn, and it was used for practice and training. The mobile home, located behind Lacreek REA burned quickly, and also burned a fairly large area of grass close to the house, according to Fire Chief Chris O’Bryan.

“We want to remind people that even with all the rain, the high temperatures will be drying out the grass quickly, and caution needs to be taken for fire prevention,” cautioned O’Bryan.

Storm Spotting

The fire crew was called out at 3:50 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, to assist the National Weather Service with storm spotting. O’Bryan explained that their equipment was dispatched to different locations in the county, mostly to ensure that their equipment did not stay in one location in case of an emergency at the fire station.

The severe weather sirens were sounded in Martin, for giving people the signal to be on the alert. Multiple funnels were spotted, with touchdowns in the Allen area causing damage to a mobile home. The department assisted with evacuations, and reported no injuries.

The straight line winds caused damage to grain bins east of Martin. The worst part of the storm split and went around the town of Martin.

The Legion Gym was opened for those needing to seek shelter. O’Bryan reminds the public to pay attention to the sirens in order to stay safe.

Vehicle vs. Building

In the early morning hours of Friday, July 5, at 1:10 a.m., the crew was alerted to a possible injury accident at  Sunrise Housing. A car crashed into the Youth Center, with one person being reported unconscious in the vehicle. 

Upon arrival, the driver was found out of the vehicle with minor injuries. The driver was transported to the hospital. Major injuries were reported to the vehicle, and minor injuries to the building. According to O’Bryan, it was suspected that alcohol was involved. OST DPS Officers were also on the scene.

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