Firefighters’ 2018 busy so far


The first week of the new year was exceptionally busy for the Madisonville Fire Department, as volunteers battle numerous blazes, even on New Year’s Day.

A fire broke out at 1009 State St. at 12:30 a.m. Jan. 1.

Fire Chief Thom Jones said a blaze started in a car parked at the resident, which became fully involved and spread to a nearby utility building. That building then caught the house on fire.

The cause of the fire is unknown, but Jones said it firefighters believe it was an accidental dashboard fire.

Then at 10:48 a.m. the same day, a fire erupted at the residence at 906 S. Madison.

Jones said that it started in a bedroom and then ventilated into the house and attic.

However, firefighters were able to contain the blaze in the bedroom area, yet the rest of the house suffered smoke damage.

Jones said the origin of the fire unknown and is under investigation, but could possibly have been started by a space heater.

On Jan. 2, at 3:09 p.m., a fire started in the engine compartment on a car being towed on Main Street near I-45. The cause was not listed, Jones said.

At 4:52 p.m. that same day, a house at 704 W. Washington caught fire. Jones said small space heater in the bedroom had burned a hole in the floor, starting the blaze.

The fire was contained in the bedroom, but the home had smoke damage throughout.