Firefighters have busy Saturday tackling garage and brush fire

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A fire on Saturday afternoon destroyed a garage at Mark Templeton’s residence at 185 Northeast 126th Street in northeastern Grundy County. Melody Chapman, a representative from the Spickard Fire Protection District, reported that Templeton managed to retrieve some items from the garage before the arrival of the firefighters. Chapman noted that the fire originated in a chicken coop located at the rear of the garage, but the cause remains undetermined.

Additionally, damage was reported to a camper parked outside the garage; however, the full extent of the damage is currently unknown. The Spickard Fire Department was present at the scene for approximately 90 minutes. Fortunately, there were no injuries reported, and no further information was available.

Shortly after addressing this incident, Grundy County Rural Firefighters responded to another call within the same district. A brush fire had erupted on Northeast 80th Street. According to Grundy County Rural Fire Protection Chief Kenny Roberts, the fire began on the property of Jacob Hershberger and spread to neighboring land owned by Andy Wisner, consuming about five acres. The cause of this fire is also unknown. Firefighters remained at the site for about one hour.

(This article has been updated to correct an error as it was Grundy County Rural Firefighters who responded to the brush fire)

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