Firemen respond to 2 simultaneous blazes; 1 remains under investigation

Ozark County firemen battled a pair of blazes on Monday

Firemen in Ozark County responded to two simultaneous blazes Tuesday, as they battled high winds.

A Facebook post by the Theodosia Area Volunteer Fire Department notes the first call was for a hay barn fire on Mae Lane and Wallace Ranch Road in Theodosia. The barn and contents were a total loss, however, the fire was contained, and there were no injuries.

The fire was reportedly caused by welding sparks, according to a statement from the property owner.

The second call was for Patriot Internet, located in the strip mall next to Bullseye in Theodosia. While en route to the hay barn blaze, Pontiac firemen responded to this incident and requested Gainesville’s assistance, since self-contained breathing apparatus were needed due to heavy toxic smoke.

Ozark County Ambulance also responded to this location. Both the ambulance and Gainesville Fire Department were diverted from the hay barn fire to assist at the second location. Minimal damage was reported from the second blaze, no injuries were reported, and the cause is under investigation by the State Fire Marshall, with assistance from the Ozark County Sheriff’s Department.

Theodosia firemen extended their appreciation to their fellow departments for their assistance, noting they have a shortage of volunteers due to holiday travel and a few on medical leave with an already sparse roster.

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