FREDERICKTOWN — A Carson Road blaze Tuesday was the first daytime fire for the Fredericktown Community Fire District after hiring two full-time day staff.
FCFD Assistant Chief Dwayne Cantor reported that the daytime staff were en route within two minutes to an engine room fire at a furniture shop in the 18000 block of Carson Road in Pike Township.
According to Knox County 911 run times, the fire was paged out at 9:45 a.m., and the daytime staff were en route at 9:47 a.m. They are reported as on-scene at 9:59 a.m. A unit with College Township fire, providing mutual aid, arrived at the same time.
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A squad with the Fredericktown Community Joint Ambulance District arrived on scene a little under three minutes earlier, at 9:56 a.m. Other FCFD units and mutual aid arrived at between 10:02-10:06 a.m., according to 911.
The fire was contained to a 12-feet by 20-feet outbuilding that housed air compressors used to power tools in a furniture shop. The outbuilding also had fuel stored inside, Cantor said.
The building was located less than 10 feet from the furniture shop. The shop suffered some fire damage to the roof eaves, Cantor said.
Cantor said the response by the daytime staff kept the outbuilding fire from spreading to the shop.
“We’re crediting that shop save with the fact that we had daytime staff,” Cantor said.
FCFD had at least six firefighters on scene, Cantor said. A volunteer firefighter was at the firehouse doing paperwork when the call went out, Cantor said, and three volunteers responded from work.
Fire units with Butler Township and Eastern Knox County Joint Fire Department also provided mutual aid, Cantor said.
The cause of the fire has yet to be determined, Cantor said.
FCFD hired two fulltime firefighters on for daytime hours in August to improve run times when most volunteers are at work.