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MULBERRY GROVE AND SMITHBORO FIREFIGHTERS BUSY OVER WEEKEND
Mulberry Grove and Smithboro Firefighters had a very busy weekend.
Mulberry Grove firefighters were called to provide mutual aid to the Vandalia Fire Department at 11:30 a.m. Sunday at a brush fire at the Brad Ledbetter residence northeast of Mulberry Grove. According to Fire Chief Dwight Volkmar, firefighters were on the scene approximately 1 ½ hours. There were no injuries and the fire was extinguished before it got to a nearby shed. A spark from an outside wood burner is believed to be the cause of the fire.
Chief Volkmar reported that firefighters were called to another brush fire at 4:47 p.m. Sunday. The fire was located three miles north of Rt. 140 on Gun Club Road. The cause of the fire is unknown. Firefighters were on the scene for approximately an hour.
Smithboro firefighters were called at 6:08 p.m. Sunday to a report of a brush fire on Newport Road. Smithboro Fire Chief Dale Deverick said the fire was actually on land that belonged to the City of Greenville. Firefighters were on the scene for about 30 minutes. The fire was contained to less than an acre and no injuries were reported.
Chief Deverick said Smithboro firefighters were called again Monday morning at about 6:00. It was reported that a tree was on fire in a field between Route 40 and Bowman Drive. Firefighters could not get equipment to the tree but rain extinguished the fire. Deverick said they were on the scene for approximately half an hour. There were no injuries.