DOG SURVIVES DOWNTOWN BLAZE
Charles Blagg, owner of the Blagg Furniture
Store watched his store
burn and also saw his big German shepherd, "Chances"
re-enter the building during the fire. He and firemen
figured the dog was dead. Chances came back out 3:00 A.M.,
Sunday. The dog was found wandering around outside the shell
of the building. The dog
was described as dazed and
gasping for air. A
fireman turned the dog over
to the animal shelter at
the time it was found.
Pat Sebastian, animal
shelter manager said
Chances had suffered
from smoke inhalation and had large burned patches of
his hide. Later Monday morning the animal shelter
called Mr. Blagg to tell
him his animal was in
the shelter. "I thought it was a mistake when I got the phone call,"
said Blagg. "I didn't think
there was any way he'd be alive. I asked the
lady to describe him to
me. After she
described him to me, I thought, 'Well, maybe it is him. . .'
Mr. Blagg said they had the dog to the door when he
broke loose and went back in. They got him again, and he
broke loose again. This time the smoke was too
thick to go back in to
get him. Chances had a bad cough from the smoke and
melted foam rubber on his
fur. Mr. Blagg said that Chances came from a junk yard in
Chances' age was not known. He described Chances as a good
pet, and "...
lives than a cat."
THANK YOU FROM THE ADDUCCI'S
In a small notice in the Times-Courier, Joe &
Vicki Adducci we
can read a note of thanks:
WE WANT TO THANK
And commend the Charleston Fire Dept. and
Lincoln Fire Protection
Dist. for saving our restaurant. We're back in the Pizza
and Italian dinner business. Doors open daily 4 P.M., 7 days a
week. Joe & Vicki
Adducci, Adducci's Italian Restaurant, Thanks.
In another notice, CFD's Larry McGinness
To the Editor:
We, the members of the Charleston Fire Department, would
thank all the people who brought us hot coffee and
supplied us with dry socks and gloves during the recent
fires in Charleston We would like to express our
appreciation for the
support shown us by the members of the community. Larry W.
secretary, Charleston Fire Department
FIRE HITS TWO HOMES
Wednesday, Jan. 6 & Thursday, Jan. 7, 1982, would not allow
any rest for the CFD. At
11:26 P.M., Wednesday, the Mike Baird residence at 1815 McKinley
St. was reported on fire. The fire could have been tragic,
according to Fire Chief
Melvin Taylor, but the family, including two small children,
managed to escape after a smoke detector awakened
them. "Mike was asleep at the time and he thought (the smoke
alarm) was the telephone ringing. But he was able to get up
and get their two children out." Damage to the Baird
home was estimated at $10,000 and the loss of its contents was
set at $8,500. Taylor reported heavy structural damage to
the inside and outside of the home. The fire started when a
radio shorted out and caught a couch on fire. Flames then
spread to the curtains, the ceiling and through it to the
attic. Firemen returned to the station shortly after 1:00
A.M., Thursday. "Unfortunately, when we received
the call, we were on a
mistaken call at American Hardware." Taylor said.
Several minutes were lost
because of the delay.
HOUSE FIRE AT 1503
JACKSON At 4:38 P.M., Thursday a John Aulabaugh reported the fire as he was
driving down Jackson St. and saw smoke coming from the home.
The home's lone occupant, Catherine Evans, was not at home
when the fire broke out.
The damage to this fire was considered as
"Totaled." Mr. Aulabaugh
stopped had stopped his car and then went to
neighbors to call the CFD. He said two other cars slowed up,
but didn't stop (just went on). Mr. Aulabaugh then
went to the back door, broke the glass and again yelled to
see if anybody was in the
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