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Wreck on Hill Road Injures One

Wreck on Hill Rd
Car Receives Damage From Hitting a Utility Pole on Hill Rd
Just after 9:00 am on February 26, 2013, Spencer Fire & Rescue and Piney Fire Department were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash with injuries on Hill Rd. Van Buren county EMS and Van Buren County Deputies also responded to the scene. The first arriving units found a the car had hit a utility pole and then left the road. The car came to a stop near the road in an open field. Piney Fire Department was cancelled by EMS. Spencer Fire & Rescue responded to the scene. The female driver was transported by Van Buren County EMS to a local hospital for evaluation of her injuries. The incident was investigated by Van Buren County deputies.

Brush Fire Burns A Large Area on J.P. Hale Rd

Large Brush Fire on JP Hale Rd
Large Brush Fire on J.P. Hale Rd
Late Monday night, February 25, 2013 a call was received of a brush fire on J.P. Hale Rd. Cedar Grove Fire Department received the initial call. The fire department arrived on scene to find a very large brush fire being fueled by strong winds.

With high wind conditions, Cedar Grove quickly called for assistance from Forestry as well as additional manpower and water from mutual aid departments. Piney Fire Department was paged to respond to the scene. Piney Fire Deparment responded with Brush Truck 1604 and manpower. Cedar Grove also requested Spencer Fire Department for more water. Spencer Fire Department arrived on scene with Engine 1302 and supplied water to the Cedar Grove Fire Department units. Cedar Grove Fire Department had Engines 1401 and 1402 on the scene. Piney's brush truck was used to access areas off the road to fight the fire. TN Division of Forestry brought a dozer and manpower to the scene. Forestry was able to put a plow line around the fire and use back burning to gain control of the fire. The fire departments were able to protect 2 barns from burning until the fire could be controlled. However, some old vehicles were unable to be saved.

The cause of the fire was unknown and considered suspicious.
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Fire Destroys Home on Sparkmantown Road

Structure Fire on Sparkmantown Rd
Home Destroyed by Fire on Sparkmantown Rd
A morning fire destroyed a home on Sparkmantown Road on Friday, February 22, 2013. The call was received just before 9:00 am of a structure on fire with flames showing. Cedar Grove Fire Department arrived on scene to find the single wide trailer 50% involved and no one home. The fire had already burned through the roof. Cedar Grove Fire Department was able to make entry through the front door and knock down the fire.
Hickory Valley Fire Department, from White County, Piney Fire Department, and Spencer Fire & Rescue also responded with manpower and water. The departments worked together to overhaul the structure to prevent flare ups. Van Buren County EMS and Van Buren County Sheriff's Department also responded to the scene.
The cause of the fire was not known.

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Sheriff Grayson Beasley Passes Away

Sheriff Grayson Beasley
In Memory of Sheriff Grayson Beasley
Sheriff Grayson Beasley passed away at approximately 1:20 am on February 20, 2013. Beasley,59 years old, took office as the Sheriff of Van Buren County in September 2010. The sheriff was well known as a very nice person who was willing to work for all citizens of Van Buren County. Sheriff Beasley has worked hard to provide 24 hour law enforcement coverage in Van Buren County as well as working to lower costs for the Sheriff's department.
According to Tennessee Code Annotated 8-8-107, Chief Deputy Jeff Vandagriff will temporarily perform the duties of the office of Sheriff until a new sheriff can be appointed by the Van Buren County Commission. Chief Deputy Vandagriff was appointed to the position of chief deputy last year by Sheriff Beasley.
Our prayers and condolences go out to the family and friends of Sheriff Grayson Beasley.

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Structure Fire on Pine Grove Rd

Structure Fire on Pine Grove Rd
Pine Grove Rd Structure Fire
Piney Fire Department responded to a structure fire as mutual aid for Spencer Fire & Rescue on Pine Grove Rd around midnight on November 18, 2012. The first arriving units found the residential home with fire showing in the back and attic area of the home. Spencer Fire & Rescue was the first arriving unit. They immediately began to attack the fire. Piney Fire Department, Cedar Grove Fire Department, and Fall Creek Falls Fire Department quickly arrived to supply water and additional manpower. After several hours of work, the fire was extinguished. No one was home at the time of the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Wreck on Hwy 30W Requires a Medical Helicopter

Life Force leaving the LZ.
Life Force leaving the scene.
On Halloween afternoon a call was received of a wreck with confirmed entrapment on Hwy 30 West. Spencer Fire & Rescue, Piney Fire Department, Fall Creek Falls Fire Department, and Cedar Grove Fire Department were dispatched with Van Buren County EMS and Van Buren County deputies. Arriving units found a car that had left the roadway and struck a tree. The single occupant had one leg pinned in the dash. EMS and Spencer Fire & Rescue were able to extricate the patient prior to other units arriving. Piney Fire Department was asked to establish a landing zone for Life Force helicopter. The landing zone was set up at the softball field beside the Van Buren County Administrative Building. Van Buren County EMS transported the patient to the landing zone to meet the helicopter. Life Force 2 landed and then flew the patient to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga for further treatment. Van Buren County Deputies were investigating the cause of the crash.