PHOTOS: Spring Creek Firefighters were called to the scene of a reported vehicle fire taking place at a location on County Road 378 just off of Highway 411 on Thursday morning. Once arriving on-scene firefighters discovered 2 vehicles on fire.
Due to the saturated ground and distance to the fire, firefighters were unable to access the fire with fire trucks. The fire was more than 700 yards behind the residence and firefighters had to carry hand tools and walk in to fight the fire.
Firefighters requested Alabama Forestry to respond to help them contain the fire due increased winds causing the fire to quickly spread. Forestry arrived on-scene and was able to plow a break around the fire containing it to approximately 5 acres.
The Cherokee County Rescue Squad was also called to respond with an All-Terrain Vehicle to help transport two people who suffered heat exhaustion while trying to put the fire out before firefighters arrived on-scene. Two firefighters suffered minor burns to their arms while battling the fire due to rapidly changing conditions.
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An old convenience store caught on fire after a vehicle ran into it off Redtown Road, according to the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office. The fire destroyed that car and a truck in the parking lot. The blaze completely gutted the former Lottie Grocery. Firefighters from several departments were on scene for several hours Thursday afternoon. The building is the location of the shuttered Lottie Grocery. Firefighters believe the driver of the car is doing okay.
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For now, the COVID-19 vaccines are voluntary, but that eventually could change for first responders, according to Mobile Public Safety Director James Barber.
Barber stressed that no decisions have been made and likely would not for some time. But in a recent interview with FOX10 News, he raised the possibility. He noted that police and fire-rescue workers come in frequent close contact with the public.
“Which outweighs? You know, the right of the officer to decline the vaccination or the paramedics to decline the vaccination, versus the right of a patient not to be exposed to somebody who could potentially be carrying the virus?” he said. “So, it’s a big question – not something that we have to deal with right now.”
Currently, vaccine supply remains so much below demand that officials say it would be counterproductive to try to force employees to get vaccinated.
But participation among first responders, who have been eligible since the vaccines first came out late last year, has lagged well behind what experts contend is necessary for “herd immunity.”
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Moulton Fire Department honored two fallen heroes with a private memorial—and a special invitation for the public on social media—last Thursday on the 15th anniversary of the fire that claimed the lives of Capt. Lloyd McCulloch and Volunteer Firefighter Dustin “Dusty” Jones.
“February 21st will always hold a special place in our hearts. That night, we lost two brothers in our brotherhood,” a Feb. 21 post on the Moulton Fire Department’s Facebook page states. “In memory of Lloyd and Dusty, stop by your local fire station and thank those who are there to serve you.”
The fire began at Outdoor Parts and Service Inc, also known as the Littrell Lumber Co. building, on Morgan Street in Moulton. “The fire had been discovered in late afternoon and firefighters from several county departments had responded,” A 2006 report in The Moulton Advertiser states. “The cavernous old building was totally destroyed.”