Montgomery Volunteer firefighters responded to the first fire at 9:45 that morning. The fire engulfed a building at Smith Wood Products. Assisting the Montgomery Company were firefighters from the Cadiz Fire Department, East Golden Pond Fire Department, providing water, and an engine from the Wallonia Volunteer Fire Department.
“I came by here at 9:00 and it was not on fire,” said building owner James Smith. “Someone called and said that it was on fire a little later,” he added.
Smith said that the building was vacant at the time of the fire, and he had no idea what could have caused it.
Pennyrile Electric and Atmos Energy workers arrived at the scene to cut utility service, while American Red Cross volunteers delivered bottled water to the firefighters. Due to the extent of the damage caused to the building, an officer of the Kentucky State Fire Marshal’s office arrived at the scene to investigate. Trigg County Fire Departments Media Spokesman Matt Ledford reported no injuries.
While containing the first conflagration, Cadiz firefighters answered their second call of the day. Departing from Smith Wood Products, the firefighters hurried to the intersection of I-24 and Highway 68/80 where they battled a burning wheel on a semi-trailer.
“We think this one may be a break malfunction causing overheating,” said Cadiz Fire Chief Kerry Fowler. He reported that his company had been on the scene for 10 minutes, and no injuries.
The Montgomery Fire Department responded to the third fire at 1:45 that afternoon. A fire engulfed the engine compartment, and then the cab of a panel truck driven by Kelmer “Sonny” Litchfield. On July 5, Litchfield lost another vehicle, an antique Model T Ford and a storage shed in a fire attributed to lightning.
Find full coverage of the fires in the August 1 Cadiz Record.