Jasper firefighters make afternoon runs

From Local Sources

JASPER — Members of the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department responded to a pair of Wednesday afternoon runs.

The first, at 12:12 p.m., involved the report of a vehicle outside a business in the 400 block of U.S. 231.

There was no fire, said Fire Chief Kenny Hochgesang. Instead, he added, a vehicle had overheated and steam was mistaken for smoke.

Three trucks and 26 firefighters were on the scene 15 minutes.

Then, at 4:17 p.m., the department was notified of a fire alarm activation at the Pravez and Rina Sharma residence at 3289 St. Charles St.

There was no fire, Hochgesang said. Firefighters traced the problem to a detector in a bedroom that was failing and needed to be replaced.

Five trucks and 20 firefighters were on the scene 15 minutes.

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