|Fulton, KY Friday, July 2, 2010: The Fulton and South Fulton Fire Departments responded to a structure fire in an outbuilding/shop in the rear of 1108 West Fourth Street in Fulton, Ky., the Jackie Powell residence. The structure and the contents, including a 2005 model Harley Davidson Motorcycle, were a total loss. The cause of the fire has not been determined.
The Fire Departments initial response was extraordinary. Firefighter Lee Cooley was performing a weekly truck drive with the departments 75 Ft. ladder truck. Each fire apparatus in the department is driven and refueled once each week by on duty personnel. The truck drive exercises the apparatus, helps to ensure that all systems are operating properly, provides driving experience for personnel and keeps the apparatus ready to respond.
FF Cooley was driving on West Highland Ave. when he noticed heavy black smoke in the area of West Highland. As he approached West Fourth St. a citizen on a motorcycle stopped the fire apparatus and notified FF Cooley of the fire. FF Cooley proceeded to the dead end of West Fourth St., observed heavy black smoke coming from the outbuilding and notified the Fulton Dispatch Center of the fire. FF Cooley was alone in the apparatus. He set up the ladder truck for pumping operations, pulled the first 200 ft. hose line and attacked the fire with approximately 172 gallons per minute of water, but to no avail. The second floor of the out building was fully involved and already falling in on the ground floor. There was flame wall to wall and floor to ceiling. Additional fire apparatus (1 each from Fulton and South Fulton) with additional personnel arrived and extinguished the fire.
Firefighters were on the scene approximately 2 hours.