Motorist spots house on fire at Starrsville
Detection by a passer-by and efforts of Covington Fire Department were credited with keeping property damage at a minimum in a fire which completely demolished a comparatively new tenant house near the dairy barns and residence of D.B. Dixon, Jr. at Starrsville, Friday night, according to Mr. Dixon.
The fire was spotted about 7:30 p.m. by Joe Jones, DHIA Tester, of Monroe, who was passing the Dixon home in his car at the time. Upon arrival at the scene, Mr. Jones found Gray Barnes, 70 years old, a dairy and yard man, had been awakened by the smoke and fire and was attempting to carry out his mattress. Because of the danger, Mr. Jones prevent- ed the elderly man from further salvage attempts; and bedding was the only thing saved. The Dixons, who were having supper, were unaware of the fire, until Mr. Jones’ arrival.
Mr. Dixon, who stated the $2,000 loss was partially covered by insurance, expressed his appreciation of the cooperation of the Covington Fire Department and Chief R.T. Floyd, who stood by with the Department’s 12,000 gallon tanker until danger of the dairy’s additional tenant houses, and home’s ignition from sparks had passed. High winds increased the danger, but fortunately held in a direction favorable to confining the blaze to the one building.