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Firefighter suffers heat exhaustion fighting E. Valley Road fire

Aug. 7, 2018 – The Dunlap Fire Department responded today at about 1 p.m. to a structure fire on East Valley Road, in northern Sequatchie County, and one firefighter was transported to the emergency room with heat exhaustion.

Firefighters arriving at the scene of the fire quickly realized it was at the home of Deputy Chief Gene Barker.  A large farm storage shed and shop were fully involved when firefighters arrived, but they were able to prevent the blaze from spreading to other nearby structures.

Due to the heat, Pikeville Fire Department was requested for mutual aid, responding with an engine company and five members,” a spokesman for Dunlap Fire Department said. “Firefighters were able to protect a large barn adjacent to the smaller building, but multiple items of farm equipment were destroyed in the fire, which is believed to have been ignited by a lightning strike.”

A Dunlap firefighter was taken to Erlanger-Sequatchie for heat exhaustion, and was treated and released. No other injuries were reported.

Dunlap 3 Engine, 1 Tanker, and Brush 2 responded to the fire. The Sequatchie County Sheriff's Department also assisted on scene.

Photos courtesy of Detective Jason Harvey.