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Chester FD responds to truck fire

By Staff Report
Posted on 8/29/2016, 1:19 PM

A rash of recent vehicle fires continues to plague the area as Chester firefighters responded to the report of a vehicle fully involved at the Chester riverfront on Sunday.

Chester Fire Chief Marty Bert told the Herald Tribune that the fire started in the engine compartment of a white 2009 Chevrolet Silverado and that the occupants of the vehicle - Dillon Neal and Brett Pingel - were already out of it when first responders arrived.

“We’re not sure at this time what it was,” Bert said. “They said they were driving and the truck started getting real hot and smoke started coming out of the passenger side corner.”

Bert said firefighters were able to get a quick knock on the fire, but remained on scene to guard against flare-ups.

The fire was reported at 7:23 p.m. Firefighters were back in service at 8:12 p.m. The Silverado was towed to the 4K Towing yard.

The Ellis Grove Volunteer Fire Department had a call of its own Monday morning, when EGVFD firefighters responded to the report of a man trapped under a hay bale at a farm along Route 3 north of Ellis Grove.

Ellis Grove Fire Chief Mike Jackson told the newspaper that Robert Dufrenne was putting up straw bales in a shed on his property and slipped, possibly injuring an ankle.

“He got his foot hung up and couldn’t get the bale off of him,” Jackson said. “I don’t think he was hurt too bad.”

Chester was paged out for manpower before being disregarded en route by a responding officer at the scene.

“This time of day, we can be pretty shorthanded,” Jackson said. “We had to make sure we had enough help to get there in the beginning.”

Jackson stated Dufrenne was taken to the hospital for evaluation.

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