Fire department responds to several fires
A fire call at Bright Wood Corp. at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4, drew firefighters from Jefferson County Fire District quickly to the scene.
Crews arrived to find smoke coming from Plant 13, located off Northwest Hess Street. The smoke was coming from the south end of the structure from two open loading doors. The fire source was quickly found and extinguished. The loss was limited to $400.
The cause is still under investigation, according to the report by Capt. Kasey Skaar.
There were 12 volunteers that responded to the call and four staff members. Warm Springs Fire and Safety responded to a call for mutual aid but the crew was recalled.
Jefferson County Emergency Medical Services and the Madras Police Department were also on scene to assist.
Just after midnight, on Wednesday, Dec. 5, when coming back from another incident, crews discovered a brush fire between homes off Southwest Roosevelt Street, in Madras. The fire was threatening the two homes, about 20 feet away, so it was quickly extinguished.
The fire size was approximately 50 feet long and15 feet wide. The houses were not harmed, but three Christmas decorations were destroyed.
Cause of the fire is under investigation.
On Friday, Dec. 7, firefighters responded to a chimney fire on Southeast E Street at 8:45 p.m.
Responders discovered an extensive amount of smoke and embers coming from the chimney. The fire in the fireplace was put out and crews inspected potential extensions into the roof. None was found.
Damage to the house, valued at about $196,250, was estimated at about $1,000.
The incident drew 13 volunteers and two staff members, and mutual aid from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and JCEMS.