IVFD answers calls Friday, Saturday
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
A pair of fire calls Friday and Saturday summoned the Imperial Volunteer Fire Department (IVFD).
Firefighters responded early Saturday about 6 a.m. to assist the Lamar Volunteer Fire Department, northeast of Lamar, where tires on a loaded semi were burning.
According to Fire Chief Nick Schultz, the 2005 International semi owned by Gregg Smith of Imperial was loaded with popcorn and en route to Gothenburg.
Driver Will Morales, Sr., told Lamar and IVFD officers he felt a loss of power and then observed smoke near the duals. He stopped the rig and said the tires were burning.
The fire also burned a hole in the aluminum body of the trailer, which was likely totaled. All the rig’s duals were lost, as well. Smith estimated damage at $50,000, in addition to possible damage to some of the popcorn.
The semi was traveling on 318 Avenue near 746 Road, according to the report.
On Friday at 10:30 a.m., the IVFD responded to report of a trailer on fire behind Imperial Super Foods.
What started the fire in the cardboard recycling trailer shared by Super Foods and Tequila’s next door is unknown, Schultz said.
When they arrived on the scene, firefighters moved the trailer away from a neighbor’s wooden fence to the graveled parking area.
Pieces of the burning cardboard were dragged off the trailer and all of the debris was doused with water and foam, the fire chief said. The firefighters also watered and foamed down the area and nearby fence.
There was minimal damage to the trailer.