PALMER – Palmer firefighters were dispatched to Oates Road at 12:30 a.m. Thursday in response to a structure fire.

“The person inside the home woke up from the smell of smoke. It was determined that there was a small fire on the exterior wall of the rear of the house,” Palmer Fire Chief Ricky McElhaney said.

“The fire had started to penetrate inside into the kitchen and was stopped by firefighters,” he said. “We used a thermal camera and found three or four more hot spots and those were all extinguished.”

McElhaney said the cause of the fire was electrical in nature due to a short in an exterior guard light. Firefighters pulled the electric meter and were on scene for an hour. No other assistance on the call was needed; no injuries were reported.

No injuries in Ferris blaze

FERRIS – No injuries were reported from a structure fire at a single story brick residence in the 200 block of Hall Road on Saturday.

“One person was home at the time of the fire along with two dogs. A neighbor a block away phoned the call into dispatchers,” Ferris Fire Chief Eddie Duran said, noting the call came in at 6:08 a.m.

“The resident did get out of the structure to seek help, along with his animals,” Duran said. “We believe that one of the dogs knocked over a (portable) heater and he was alerted to the fire from the sounds of them barking.”

When firefighters arrived on scene, flames were shooting up out of the roof, Duran said, noting that units arrived at 6:20 a.m. as the fire was located at the far eastern end of the fire district.

Because there were no fire hydrants in the area, firefighters had to conduct shuttle operations with tankers, he said, listing the Palmer, Bristol and Red Oak fire departments as providing mutual aid.

No damages were reported to neighboring structures.

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