Tyrinza family devastated by house fire
by: Michael WIlkey
Area firefighters battled oppressive heat and a large fire Friday night in Tyronza. On July 20, 2001, at approximately 7:05 p.m., Tyronza dispatch received a telephone call, saying that a home was on fire at 311 Davis St. in Tyronza. Within three to five minutes, 14 members of the Tyronza Fire Department responded to the fire, which according to the TFD, was located in the roof/attic section of the home. As the fire progressed, the Marked Tree and Lepanto Fire Departments were called to the scene, along with two Riverside Ambulance Service ambulances, a City of Tyronza ambulance, and three Tyronza police officers. Firefighters from all three communities battled the fire, with trucks, rescue units, and tankers. Unfortunately, because of the smoke and burdening heat, three firefighters at the scene (two Tyronza firefighters and one Marked Tree firefighter) were treated for smoke inhalation and heat exhaustion because of the fire. The three firefighters were treated by the Riverside Ambulance Service at the scene and no further medical care was needed. According to the TFD, the fire caused a complete loss for the family who lived in the home: the Susan Horton family and Ed and Betty Maxia. Tyronza Fire Chief Tommy Baine wishes to commend the Lepanto and Marked Tree Fire Departments; ambulance services at the scene; and citizens in Tyronza for providing water for firefighters and in some cases, their home, to cool off.