Morenci, Fayette departments fight fires 7.18

Written by David Green.

• A garage was destroyed by fire Sunday afternoon in Morenci, with a smaller amount of damage at the adjoining house.The fire department was called to the Dustin Sell residence on E. Union Street at about 2 p.m. Sunday after a neighbor discovered the garage on fire. The Sells were not home at the time.


Morenci fire chief Chad Schisler said the garage was totally engulfed in flame when the first fire truck arrived. The structure is still standing, he said, but all contents were lost.

 • Gorham Fayette Fire Department members had no chance of saving structures during a pair of last Wednesday.A barn at the Canfield residence on Fulton County Road 22 was fully engulfed in flames when fire-fighters reached the scene around 1:30 p.m. July 11.


The fire was contained to the barn, but the structure was a total loss, reported fire chief Tom Franks.

 Franks said his department made a quick response to the report of a trailer fire later that night, but the structure was beyond saving.


“When we left the village limits, you could see the fire,” he said.


John Hall, a resident of the trailer owned by Linda Leahy on County Road T west of County Road 23, spotted flames coming from under the trailer and the back porch and tried to fight the flames with fire extinguishers. The blaze spread so fast that he had no chance to stop it and the fire department was called at 9:12 p.m.


The cause was ruled as an electrical fire.

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    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks

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