Huntingburg firefighters have back-to-back runs

From Local Sources

HUNTINGBURG — Units of the Huntingburg Volunteer Fire Department responded to a pair of runs logged minutes apart Wednesday afternoon.

The first call, at 1:32 p.m., was to the report of smoke inside Carlos Mendez’s upstairs apartment at 108 N. Jackson St., according to department fire investigator John C. Smith.

Firefighters tracked the smoke to an electric stove that apparently malfunctioned, turned itself on and overheated. No food was being cooked at the time, according to Smith.

Firefighters disconnected power to the appliance and ventilated smoke.

Mendez was home to notice the smoke. Smith said firefighters found two smoke alarms in the unit. One did not have batteries and the other, designed to be powered by the residence’s electric service, was not connected.

Two trucks and 14 firefighters were on the scene 30 minutes.

Four minutes after firefighters were called to Mendez’s apartment — at 1:36 p.m. — the department was notified on an alarm activation at Southridge High School, 1110 S. Main St.

Firefighters arrived and learned the hot water in a utility sink had been left running, with the buildup of steam setting off a sensor.

Two trucks and 12 firefighters were on the scene 15 minutes.

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