Jasper firefighters handle several runs

From Local Sources

JASPER — A call to a north-side business this morning marked the third time in recent days that members of the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department went on service runs.

An alarm activation at 8:25 a.m. sent the department to Ross Dress for Less in the North Ridge Shopping Center in the space Goody’s vacated in 2009.

There was no fire, according to Fire Chief Kenny Hochgesang. Instead, he added, the alarm was tripped by a faulty air handler unit.

Five trucks and 21 firefighters were on the scene 15 minutes.

At 8:51 a.m. Sunday, the department answered an alarm activation at the Holiday Inn Express, 2000 Hospitality Drive.

Hochgesang said an alarm triggered when staff accidentally burned some toast in the breakfast area.

Two trucks and 10 firefighters were on the scene 10 minutes.

At 12:14 a.m. Saturday the department was notified of a possible vehicle fire along State Road 164 east of Meridian Road.

Hochgesang said a Chevrolet Blazer had gone into a ditch and started some grass on fire, but thanks to Jasper Police Department officers equipped with extinguishers, the fire was out by the time units arrived.

Firefighters wetted the grass to ensure no further problems, according to Hochgesang.

Two trucks and 12 firefighters were on the scene 10 minutes.

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