Fires continue to plague Gray’s Hill

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Burton firefighters extinguished another fire late this morning in what Burton fire officials are describing as a string of destruction and close calls in the Gray’s Hill community.

News-Burton Fire Photo_Sunburst_122814aBurton fire crews responded to the report of a house fire just after 10 a.m. this morning on Sunburst Lane in the Gray’s Hill area. Firefighters arrived and found a camper being used as a residence fully involved in flames and threatening nearby homes.

Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire before other structures were damaged; however the camper, the home for an elderly man, was a total loss. No injuries were reported.

The resident stated he was sleeping and woke to find his bed on fire and was able to escape just in time. There were no smoke detectors in the camper. The fire is still under investigation. This is the fourth fire in just over a month that has left three homes destroyed and one resident critically injured after leaping from a window to escape the flames. Firefighters fear the next fire may have a more tragic ending.

“The one thing in common is all these fires could have been prevented,” stated Burton Fire Lieutenant Tradd Mills who is based out of the Gray’s Hill fire station. “We are asking for the public’s help to help get this under control. We are asking community groups, churches, even individual families to invite firefighters to meet with them to make sure they are safe and have what they need.”

Organizations wishing to invite Burton firefighters to their event please call 521-5550.