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Early morning fire engulfs garage, shop

Jason Ferguson
Published: Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

It is believed this fire broke out Tuesday morning, Oct. 13, in the garage of the Michael Carr family on Harney Street in Custer. The official point of origin of the fire, as well as its cause, is still under investigation, however. Nobody was injured in the fire, although the garages and the vehicles in them affected were a total loss.

 

An early morning fire completely destroyed a garage and a machine shop in the Harney Street alley Tuesday, Oct. 13.

The fire is believed to have started in the northwest corner of the garage at the Michael Carr residence, before spreading to the shop at the Harold Pierce residence. Sean Carr said his brother, Chris, noticed something burning outside, and the two realized the garage was on fire. At that point they ran outside to get their dog out of the pen and notified their parents, who called 911.

Bill Bell, who was incident commander of the fire for the Custer Volunteer Fire Department, said the call came in at around 6:15 a.m., and the department was on scene 10 minutes later. When they arrived, the garage and sheds were fully involved with flames, so the strategy of the department became to protect the homes of the families.

“The occupied residences were our primary objective,”â��Bell said.

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Kenny Smit
October 31st, 2009 at 13:14pm

wow that must have been a big fire to put out

Vicki
June 26th, 2010 at 13:08pm

We were shocked to see this picture. My cousin and her husband, the neighbors next door to the Carr's residence, took a huge hit in this fire. The financial toll was great, but in my experience, the emotional toll can be far more devastating in the long run. We live at a great distance, so we pray that their community will rally 'round them and offer whatever help it can to these nice, hardworking people.

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