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Home : News : Weekend Fires Damage Business, Garage, Mobile Home and Home Email to a friend | Print version | Weekend Fires Damage Business, Garage, Mobile Home and Home By Paul B. Hayes on December 16,2008 Weekend faires across the county heavily damaged a Columbia business, destroyed a two-car garage and heavily damaged a double-wide mobile home and destroyed a home in the Pellyton community. The Red barn Barbecue on Hudson Street was damaged in a fire discovered early Sunday morning. A Columbia Police Department officer on routine patrol noticed smoke coming from the building at 4:25 a.m. and called the 911 Dispatch Center. The Columbia Fire Department responded to the scene and found smoke billowing out around the top of the two-story structure. The fire appeared to have started in the kitchen area in the rear of the building, and that area sustained the most damage, with a section of the roof over the kitchen falling in. The remainder of the interior the building sustained moderate damage. A total of 17 firemen responded to the call, and were on the scene for approximately one and one-half hours. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Friday fire destroys garage, damages mobile home A Friday afternoon fire on Hatcher Road off Pelham Branch Road completed destroyed a two-car garage and the vehicles in it and heavily damaged an adjacent double-wide mobile home. The fire at the Tony and Melissa Caldwell residence at 70 Hatcher Road was called in at approximately 3 p.m. Friday. When the Adair County Volunteer Fire Department arrived on the scene, they discovered the garage completely engulfed in flames. A strong wind caused the fire to jump to the adjacent double-wide mobile home. The garage and two vehicles inside it were completely destroyed, while three rooms of the mobile home were heavily damaged and the remainder of the home suffered moderate damage. According to Adair County Deputy Chief Dennis Loy, Tony Caldwell told him that he was draining the fuel tank on one of the vehicles to get water out of it and had a propane heater burning in the rear of the garage when the heater apparently ignited fumes. Twelve firemen responded to the call, and were on the scene for approximately two hours. Home destroyed in Pellyton community An early morning fire Saturday completely destroyed one side of a two-part home on Liberty Road in the Pellyton community. According to Knifley Area Volunteer Fire Department firefighter Richie Gabehart, the fire was reported at 4:44 a.m. Saturday at 17609 Liberty Road. Fire broke out in one side of a two-home structure connected by a breezeway owned by Laura Titsos. Gabehart said that Tony Gales and Leslie Thompson lived in the house that caught on fire, and the fire completely destroyed that portion of the structure. However, he said the firefighters were able to save the other house and the connecting breezeway. Gabehart said that the fire may have started in a flu in the upstairs area of the house. He said that the wooden-frame home was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived on the scene. Twelve firefighters responded to the fire and remained on the scene for six to eight hours. Photo: SMOKE BILLOWED from the garage next to the mobile home residence of Tony and Melissa Caldwell on Hatcher Road Friday afternoon. The fire started in the garage, which was totally destroyed along with two vehicles in it, then was spread by the wind to the mobile home, which suffered extensive damage. (Photos by Paul B. Hayes)

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