Nearly every fire department in Montgomery County responded to a powerful blaze at a storage building at 19019 North 16th Avenue in Witt at 5:26 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14.
Twenty-two members of the Witt Fire Department were initially called to the scene and responded with two engines, a tanker and two squads, but personnel quickly learned more help was needed.
The Nokomis Fire Department responded with man power, a tanker and transported water to fill tankers; Fillmore Fire Department responded with two tankers and an engine; Litchfield Fire Department responded with man power and an engine; Coffeen Fire Department responded with ten firefighters and a water tanker; Hillsboro Fire Department responded with 17 firefighters and a water tanker; and Coffeen, Taylor Springs and Raymond-Harvel fire departments also responded to the scene with water tankers.
EMS personnel from the Nokomis-Witt Area Ambulance Service also assisted on scene, while Lester Hamlin of Nokomis provided two backhoes to pull hay bales apart.
The storage building contained various machinery and approximately 100 hay bales. No injuries were sustained and the cause of the blaze is undetermined. Local fire departments were on scene for almost six hours.
Five members of the Shoal Creek Fire Department responded to a fallen tree between Donnellson and Panama at 8:37 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17.
Personnel used chain saws to cut the tree and remove it from the roadway. They returned back to the station at 9:25 a.m.