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The shed fire at Arbor Lane in Centralia was blamed on a nearby grass fire. Photo by Tim Ferguson.

Area Firefighters Busy Wednesday; Fight Seven Total Fires

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

An Odin home sustained an estimated $10,000 in damage when a flu fire spread into the attic early Wednesday evening.  Odin Fire Chief Greg Smith says the fire was at the Floyd and Pam Blue home at 102 North Merritt.  Smith reports Floyd noticed smoke beginning to fill up his home and called the fire department.  Smith reports a lot of flames in the attic after the ceiling and an outside wall was opened up to get to the fire.  There was also significant water damage and minor smoke damage in the living area of the home.  Smith says the fire apparently started when the flu pipe failed.  Salem Firemen were called for automatic mutual aide.  The fire call came in at 5:51 Wednesday night.   

The Linda Bravard home at 12,502 North Log Cabin Lane three miles east of Mt. Vernon received minor damage in a fire that began from a rekindled grass fire.  Jefferson Rural Firemen say Bravard thought the grass fire that started from coal embers from the wood burning stove was out, but later smelled smoke and opened her basement door to find flames shooting up the stairs.  Firemen were able to confine the fire to the basement with minor smoke damage upstairs.  The fire call came in at 2:04 Wednesday afternoon.  Firemen were on the scene for about 20 minutes.

Centralia City Firemen report a small metal shed burned in a grass fire at the Jerry Bonner residence at 806 Arbor Lane on the north side of Raccoon Lake.  Firemen say the fire was difficult to put out because the shed was filled with wood.  The siding on the metal shed was removed to get to the flames.  Firemen say the Bonner's home was only a short distance away from the fire.  The call came in at 3:27 Wednesday afternoon, with firemen on the scene for about an hour 15 minutes.

Kell Firemen report five acres burned in a field fire on the Bob Phelps property at 35-65 Phelps Road in Kell.  The cause of the fire has not been determined.  There was no damage.  The fire alarm came in at 4:54 Wednesday afternoon, with firemen on the scene for about 45 minutes.  

Salem Firemen were called out three times Wednesday.  The first call was to a grease fire in the kitchen at Doctor's Nursing Home.  The fire was out on the department's arrival with minor damage limited to the pan and stove.  A fire in the oven at the Curtis Teitsort home at 14-31 North Miller was confined to the oven.  No damage was reported to the Jim Brown property at 34-40 Lazy Acre Road southwest of Salem where a wood chip pile caught fire.  

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