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.

  • Front.cross
    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
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  • Front.crossing
    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.
  • Front.starting
    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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    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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