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Airport Way structure fire loss pegged at $70K
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Some 1,300 feet of hose line had to be laid to the nearest hydrant to reach a burning structure shortly before 6 a.m. Wednesday in the 900 block of Airport Way.

The fire loss was estimated at $70,000.

Battalion Chief Kyle Shipherd said that when the first firefighters arrived in the rescue unit they found thick, black smoke and heavy flames coming from a large shop building behind two mobile homes on the property.  A command was established and multiple attack lines were pulled around the mobile homes to make access to the shop location.

Firefighters were delayed in making access to the structure due to piles of debris around the building.  The fire was knocked down and brought under control after about 20 minutes.  Salvage and overhaul operations took nearly three hours with the building being secured after it was rechecked for any hidden fire.

The loss to the structure was estimated at $50,000 and the contents lost in the blaze were set at another $20,000.  Five fire units and one ambulance responded to the scene.