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City apartment is hit by fire

May 6, 2013

Firefighters battle fire in city on Saturday. (Photo by Debbie Eichelberger)

    The Decatur Fire Department was dispatched three times Saturday, the most serious of those incidents – a fire in an apartment building – being the last call of the day.
    At 7:33 p.m. firefighters responded to a report of a shrub fire at the apartment of Terry Mayo, 1131 S. Hampton Dr. When firefighters arrived, they discovered the attic area of the apartment was engulfed, according to a spokesperson for the department.
    Nine firefighters from the Preble Fire Department joined the battle as part of the cascade unit and extra manpower. Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze, which caused an estimated $40,000 in damages, and returned to the station at 10:34 p.m., according to the spokesperson.
    There were no injuries reported and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.
    Earlier Saturday, firefighters were sent to Rural King, 629 N. 13th Street, at 2:40 p.m. in response to burnt popcorn ... for the second time in recent days.
    There was no fire, according to the spokesperson, and crews returned to the station at 2:58 p.m.
    At 4:14 p.m. crews were dispatched to Bi-County Services, 503 N 3rd St., in response to an alarm. The alarm was triggered by a dirty smoke detector, according to the spokesperson, and there was no fire.
    Crews returned to the station at 4:27 p.m.

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