Four structure fires occurred within 48 hours in Macon County this week.
The first began on Wednesday night. It burned out the utility room of a house owned by Barry East, at 469 Chaffin Road. The call came to the Lafayette Fire Department at about 4 PM, and they had returned to the station by 5:00 PM, according to LFD’s Don Stevens.
On Thursday afternoon, another fire occurred, this time on Jimtown Road. The Red Boiling Springs Fire Department were the primary responders, with units from Macon County Sheriff Department, EMS, and the Lafayette Fire Department supporting. This fire was originally paged as a grass fire, but in addition to burning out a large swath of ground, it spread to a barn on the same property and the barn was a total loss.
On Thursday evening another fire broke out, this one on Miller Road. An outbuilding behind at home at 430 Miller Road, owned by Randy Jones, burned to the ground. Here, too, some grass around the structure also burned, and Stevens said they are unsure whether the grass started the building aflame or if it was the other way around. This call came at about 7:20 PM
Early Friday morning, yet another fire call went out, this one from 7413 Gravely Hill Road, off of Hwy 141 at a Westmoreland address in Macon County. The call came at 5:30 AM, but the home was completely involved by the time units arrived. The house was unoccupied, and the cause of fire is unknown. Stevens ventured a guess that it could have been an electrical short.