Workshop next to home catches fire Wednesday afternoon, threatens to spread to nearby home, but is doused by first arriving crews
A resident on Main Street in the Phelps Community was sitting on his front porch Wednesday evening when a neighbor stopped in the street and alerted him to a fire next to his home. Both men quickly raced to try and extinguish the fire in a workshop approximately 10 feet from the home, but quickly realized the fire had spread beyond their control and was about to spread to the home. They called the Walker County 911 center and New Waverly firefighters were dispatched at 6:59 PM, with the first engine from the Phelps Community station arriving in 7 minutes.
Upon their arrival firefighters extended hoselines to protect the home and extinguish the fully involved workshop. Although the workshop was destroyed by the fire, the nearby home was undamaged.
The Phelps community is located in Walker County Emergency Services District #2 and the New Waverly Fire Department operates a Station on Dorrell Road to service the area. The station is manned by volunteer firefighters and is backed up by crews from two other New Waverly stations.
In addition to the 5 units that responded from New Waverly, one engine from the Huntsville Fire Department responded to assist, as well as one tanker from the Dodge Fire Department. The North Montgomery County Fire Department responded to the New Waverly station to stand by while units finished extinguishing the fire.
Although the New Waverly Fire Department has personnel on duty 24 hours a day, the department still relies heavily on volunteers. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer should contact the New Waverly Fire Station at (936) 344-6911 or come by anytime and fill out an application.