Stormy weather has played a part in two of three fires plus damage from a fallen tree during the past couple of weeks. Weather could have played a part in the third fire as well, but the cause of the blaze is unknown at this time.
A single family mobile home being used as a workshop behind a home at 200 Bull Trail in Molena burned to the ground Tuesday afternoon. The homeowner, James Jackson, said he and a friend were leaving the house about 4 p.m. when they heard an explosion. They ran to the workshop and saw it in flames. Units from Northside and Thurston VFDs, plus Pike County fire units and equipment from Upson Forestry responded to the scene. Lost in the blaze was a four-wheeler, a log splitter, riding mower, more than 30 guns, ammunition, reloading supplies, and tools. The workshop was a total loss and a cause for the fire is unknown at this time.
Reggie Daniel of 141 Porter Drive in Thomaston lost his home to fire on July 7. Daniel said he left his home about 8:30 in the evening, and the first fire call came in around 8:55. Units from Rock Hill, Thurston, and Thomaston fire departments responded, but the house was a total loss. It is believed lightning may have been the cause of the fire.
A storage shed in Yatesville went up in flames on July 3. The fire was at 85 Tobler Lane, and Yatesville Fire Department responded to the scene. The property owner, Rodney Sean Bursick, was in Florida at the time of the fire. Lost were two two small tractor frames, a golf cart, yard trailer, three riding mowers, a bush hauler, and a push mower frame. It is believed lightning struck the shed, because lightning also struck the AC unit of Bursick’s next door neighbor, who saw the fire and called 911.
Another storage unit valued at $3,000 was destroyed on July 1 when a tree fell on it. The shed was located at 102 Porter Drive in Thomaston, behind the home of Jerry Garner, who reported high winds in the area at the time the tree fell.