Decoration’s cord shorts in Birdseye garage

From Local Sources

BIRDSEYE — There was smoke to ventilate Monday morning inside a residence just north of Birdseye but only limited damage after an initial report of a garage fire.

Units of the Birdseye Volunteer Fire Department were called at 10:41 a.m. to the June Cunningham residence at 3522 S. Harts Gravel Road.

Cunningham’s attached garage is part of her basement and, when smoke was reported in the space, Birdseye Fire Chief David “Smitty” Smith called for mutual aid in the form of tanker and manpower support from the Schnellville Volunteer Fire Department.

Smith said firefighters arrived and determined an extension cord ran outside for a Christmas decoration shorted, tripping an electrical breaker and burning a tote and items in it.

Firefighters opened the garage door to begin exhausting smoke. Smith said water damage was limited given the garage’s concrete floor.

Birdseye responded with three trucks and 14 firefighters, while Schnellville’s fire department brought its tanker and manpower support. Units were on the scene less than an hour.

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