Burning trash led to large Athens fire that damaged at least 20 vehicles, fire chief says

  • Source: WAAY-TV ABC 31 Huntsville
  • Published: 06/22/2022 02:43 PM

VIDEO/PHOTO: Tony Kirk, chief of the East Limestone Volunteer Fire Department, said an attempt to burn trash inside an abandoned vehicle led to the large fire Wednesday. Between 15 and 20 vehicles were involved in the fire, but no one was injured. Most of the vehicles are completely burned up, Kirk said. Elkmont VFD also responded to the fire. Due to the heat, it took about 40 firefighters rotating frequently over the course of 45 minutes to an hour to contain the fire, plus an additional 30 minutes to put out hot spots. Kirk also reminded people not to drive over fire hoses when passing the scene of a fire. The city later updated the count to say 24 vehicles were damaged.


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