Units from the McCord’s, Spring Creek, and Cave Spring Fire Department’s along with Floyd EMS and Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and Investigators were dispatched to a residence on County Road 16 near McCord’s Crossroads just before 10:30 AM Monday morning to a reported structure fire. McCord’s Engine 55 arrived on the scene just six minutes later encountering heavy fire throughout the residence that had already penetrated the roof.
McCord’s Fire Chief Rich Lindsey arrived on the scene shortly after Engine 55 and quickly called for a second alarm, requesting tankers from Ellisville and Spring Garden Fire Departments. Chief Lindsey said that the greatest challenge was getting enough water to the nearly 5000 square foot structure that sat over three tenths of a mile off the highway. Due to heavy rains that persisted throughout the fire, tankers were restricted to staying on a narrow driveway which greatly hindered efforts.
Later, as crews tired, a third alarm was sounded for personnel from the Centre Fire Department to assist with suppression efforts. Due to the large number of resources involved in this incident from the South end of the county, units from the Cedar Bluff Fire Department sent a truck and personnel to staff McCord’s Fire Station while Centre Fire Department staffed an engine at their station to cover any additional calls in the area. Chief Lindsey wished to thank all the units involved for their response and tireless efforts.
Fortunately, no one was at home at the time of the blaze and no one was hurt in connection with the incident. The structure was considered a total loss. The exact cause of the fire is under investigation by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s office and the Alabama Fire Marshall’s office.