Local Department Kept Busy With Fire, Vehicle Accidents

Volunteers with the Crothersville-Vernon Township Volunteer Fire Department were kept busy last week with a house fire and three auto mishaps.

Firefighters were called to the home of Alicia Howard at 623 N 1240 E in the northern part of the township at 3:01 a.m.

Fire chief Ben Spencer said when the department arrived flames were showing on the porch and front of the dwelling. “We were able to get it knocked down quickly and firefighters entered from the rear of the home to keep the fire from spreading,” said the chief.

There was flame damage to the front porch living room and front bedroom and smoke damage in the rest of the house, Spencer reported.

He said the state fire marshal’s office and Jackson County Sheriff’s Department were called to investigate the cause of the fire.

He said five firefighters were on the scene from 3 to 7 a.m. They received assistance from Jackson-Washington Fire Department. No estimate of damage was available.

Last Wednesday evening, June 24, the department was called to a 5-vehicle accident on I-65 in the construction area in the northbound lane between Uniontown and Seymour. Spencer said there were two semi tractor-trailers and three passenger vehicles involved in the chain reaction accident at 4:48 p.m. last Wednesday, June 24. Though two people were flown by helicopter from the scene, the chief said no one had life threatening injuries. He credited Crothersville Police Chief Richard Hanlin with being one of the first on the scene and removing an infant from a rear infant seat from one of the more severely damaged vehicles, Spencer said.

“It took us and Seymour Fire Department another hour to extricate the baby’s mother from the crumpled vehicle,” Spencer said.

The accident closed the interstate for about 5 hours, he said.

A little after 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 25, the fire department was called to the same area in the southbound lane when a single car rollover accident occurred.

No serious injuries were reported in the mishap.

On Friday afternoon, June 26, at 4:30 p.m. firefighters were called to State Road 250 each of Uniontown near the county line with a single vehicle down an embankment.