Two blazes within hours keep local firefighters out all night

September 09, 2020

Benita Fuzzell

Twin Cities’ Fire Departments battled two structure fires within a short span of time late Monday night into the early morning hours Tuesday.

According to Fulton Fire Chief Terry Rudolph, a house on Second Street in Fulton was already engulfed in flames when Fulton Fire Department and South Fulton Fire Department personnel arrived at the scene at approximately 11 p.m. Sept. 7.

The two-story structure was not occupied at the time, reportedly having been recently sold.

Chief Rudolph said there were 20 firefighters at the scene, between the two departments, as efforts were made to contain the blaze to avoid spread, as neighboring homes were only a short distance away.

While at that scene, Rudolph said he was notified of another fire, on East State Line. At first, he said it had been indicated the fire was in Tennessee, another structure fire, a house with possible occupants.

Because of that first report, Chief Rudolph said members of the South Fulton Fire Department team at the Second Street fire, went to the East State Line location.

On East State Line, Rudolph said the Fulton Fire Department, South Fulton Fire Department, Palmersville, Martin, Wingo and Water Valley Fire Departments were represented at the scene.

That structure was a total loss.

Chief Rudolph said the cause of the Second Street fire is still under investigation, as he, South Fulton Fire Chief Dennis Pitman and other fire fighters remained on the scene mid-morning Tuesday, to extinguish “hot spots” on the house interior.