Firefighters battle house fire in east Walker County
by RACHEL DAVIS
Jun 26, 2012 | 3893 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sumiton Fire and Rescue and Sumiton Police, assisted by Dora Fire and Rescue, responded to the scene of a house fire on Allen Ridge Road, just outside the Sumiton City limits. Two firefighters were transported to the hospital for minor injuries. - Photo by: Rachel Davis
Sumiton Fire and Rescue and Sumiton Police, assisted by Dora Fire and Rescue, responded to the scene of a house fire on Allen Ridge Road, just outside the Sumiton City limits. Two firefighters were transported to the hospital for minor injuries. - Photo by: Rachel Davis
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SUMITON — Sumiton Fire and Rescue responded to a house fire at 1151 Allen Ridge Road on Monday afternoon. According to firefighters, when the department arrived on scene, the structure was full-involved. Firefighters entered the residence in an attempt to control the fire.

“We went in and tried to knock it down,” Sumiton firefighter Ricky Woods said.

Dora Fire and Rescue sent a truck and firefighters to the scene to provide assistance.

Two Sumiton firefighters were transported from the scene by Regional Paramedical Services and another was treated on site after their oxygen levels dipped below a safe level and they suffered from dehydration.

“We sent two to the hospital for their oxygen saturation levels, but they should be home tonight,” Woods said.

The firefighters were expected to be treated and released. No other injuries were reported.

“We’re just glad no one was seriously injured,” said Sumiton Mayor Petey Ellis, who was at the scene.

None of the home’s residents were there when the fire broke out. Andy Wilson, who lived in the home, is undergoing treatments for cancer and was reportedly gone for treatment at the time. SFRS volunteer firefighters saved a cat they found in the residence.

Sumiton Church of God and New Life Worship Center in West Jefferson are accepting donations for the Wilson family, which includes a 10-year-old girl. Donations can be dropped off at either of those locations.

Firefighters remained on the scene throughout the afternoon to monitor and control the situation. The cause of the fire could not be immediately determined.