A volunteer firefighter escaped serious injury Monday evening when the fire truck he was driving flipped on Old Lair Road while en route to a house fire. C.D. Moore, 58, suffered a dislocated shoulder and was taken to Harrison Memorial Hospital, but was released later that night. A lot of stuff went through my mind, Moore said. I was just scared.
For fellow firefighter Charles Allen Carson, watching the fire truck roll in his rear view mirror was like a flashback to December 1994, when he rolled a fire truck while on his way to a fire.
It just brought back so many memories, Carson said, adding that he first didn’t believe what he was seeing.
He turned his truck around and went back to check on the overturned truck and what he thought was its two passengers.
Carson said he grabbed an ax to try to get to Moore, who was not talking. Carson and fellow Cynthiana firefighter Andy Wiglesworth freed Moore, who was alone in the truck, from the wreckage by ripping out the windshield.
They got me out real quick, Moore said.
Moore estimated his speed between 20 and 25 mph.
I couldn’t have been going too fast, Moore said. I was still in third gear.
Deputy Paul Olin said Moore went into the (Switzer) curve and the 1,000 gallons of water on board shifted.
There wasn’t anything he could’ve done once that water started shifting, Olin said. Physics took over.
Carson said he saw the truck roll completely over and back again on its side.
He said firefighters were dispatched to a house fire with someone possibly trapped inside.
When we hear house fire, we go, Carson said. When we hear trapped, we put our foot to the floor. We just do.
Chief of the volunteers, Charlie Carson, said the department purchased the truck new in 1998 and had only finished paying for it in March.
He estimated the replacement value of the truck at about $160,000.
We’ll be one truck short until we can get it replaced, Chief Carson said, adding that some trucks would be moved around from the rural departments to ensure that the county was sufficiently covered.
We saved a house and lost a truck, Carson said.
The fire at the Don Crites house, 1185 Cook Pike, apparently started from a box fan.
Carson said the house filled with smoke and a hole burned in the floor. Flames also reached the attic.
No one was home at the time the fire started. Carson said a neighbor saw the smoke and called dispatch.
There were five fire trucks, including two from Ruddles Mills and one from Cynthiana, to assist the Harrison County Volunteer Fire Department. There were also 38 firefighters on hand.
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