Longtime Mt. Pleasant firefighter Phillip Grooms has been named the city’s new fire chief.
The decision was made earlier this week by the city’s officials, who collectively decided to give the position to a local applicant.
Grooms has served as the interim chief since former chief Tim Smith transferred to the city’s public works department in April after 28 years of service.
“Phillip is tremendously dedicated to the fire service and will continue to assure his staff is trained well beyond what is required,” City Manager Kate Collier said. “Chief Grooms is a ‘go to’ employee for the city in all aspects and is relentless in his support of the city where he was raised.” For the past three years, Grooms served as fire inspector for Mt. Pleasant and as assistant chief. He has been a firefighter with the city for more than five years.
Columbia Daily Herald
Cooking grease ignited a fire at a North Knoxville apartment complex that hospitalized two people Thursday night, officials said.
A resident in a ground-floor residence at Windsor Court Apartments, 924 Cedar Lane, was heating grease on a stove, causing a fire that quickly spread throughout the kitchen and climbed the wall into the unit upstairs, according to Knoxville Fire Department Capt. D.J. Corcoran.
The resident was burned and a second person in an upstairs apartment suffered smoke inhalation. Both were hospitalized, although their conditions were not available Friday morning.
The Chester County Fire Department responded around 9:30 a.m. Thursday to a house fire. Multiple fire trucks, an ambulance and the sheriff’s department fought the fire between Finger and Bethel Springs. One lane of traffic was blocked while they put out the fire.
Chester County Fire Chief Jim Vest said they think the fire might have started in the kitchen near the dishwasher.
The cause is still under investigation.
WBBJ-TV ABC 7
A garbage fire at the combined Morristown-Hamblen landfill on Sublett Road Wednesday night was confined to about a half-acre, Kevin Jarnigan, chief of the South Hamblen County Fire Department said this morning.
The Morristown Fire Department and West Hamblen volunteers also responded to the 8 p.m. blaze, but heavy assistance wasn’t required, according to Trent, who says it took only 900 gallons of water to extinguish the fire. Landfill employees helped by using heavy machinery to move burning piles of trash, and then covered the smoldering ashes with compressed dirt, according to Trent.
“Last night, it was pretty much cut and dry,” the fire chief said.
Morristown Citizen Tribune