Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

Sunday fire darken’s city’s sky

A weekend tire fire at Panhandle Road & Field Service near Clarendon continued to smolder Tuesday afternoon as the Enterprise went to press.

Clarendon Fire Chief Jeremy Powell said a grass fire was started accidentally Sunday afternoon while equipment was being worked on.

Black smoke fills the air as Clarendon firemen work to battle a grass fire that got into a stack of tires Sunday afternoon just outside the city at Panhandle Road & Field Service. Enterprise Photo / Roger Estlack

The fire moved into a storage area and got into a large pile of tires. Some electrical service was lost in the area as the fire took down a power pole that was near the tires on fire.

Volunteer firemen responded at 4:14 p.m. and were able to control the grass fire but were unable to extinguish the tire fire.

Students and staff at Clarendon College moved animals at the neighboring Livestock & Equine Center as a precaution.

Powell said Clarendon firemen did a burnout around the fire to remove grass so that the fire could not spread. Panhandle Road & Field personnel and the fire department monitored the fire throughout Sunday night.

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