GREENVILLE – Greenville City Fire Department once again was plagued by multiple fires in one evening.
At approximately 11 p.m. Saturday, fire crews from Greenville City Fire along with officers from Greenville City Police Department were dispatched to the alley behind the 600 block of East Water Street to a dumpster fire.
Upon arrival crews observed a working fire in a commercial style dumpster with flames and smoke showing. Crews were in the process of the final stages of extinguishing the fire when at approximately 11:30 p.m. Greenville City Fire as well as Greenville Police were dispatched to the area of Washington and Pine streets on a fully involved garage fire.
Fire crews had to break free from the East Water Street fire in an effort respond to the garage fire, requesting a second alarm in the process.
Greenville Township Fire responded to East Water Street to resume operations on the already contained fire while Versailles Fire Department responded to man the Greenville City Fire Station to give coverage to the city in the event of any further calls. New Madison Fire Department joined Greenville City Fire on the scene of the garage fire located in the alley behind 600 Wayne Ave.
Upon arrival at the 600 Wayne Ave. fire emergency personnel observed a fully involved garage fire that had spread to the neighboring book store located across the alley at 307 Pine St.
Fire crews worked simultaneously to control both fires. Crews were able to knock down both fires but not before damage was done to neighboring structures.
The main structure at 600 Wayne Ave. suffered heat damage to the rear of the residence in the form of melted siding and other forms of minor damage. A detached garage located across the street at 538 Wayne Ave. also suffered from melted siding from the intense heat.
It was also noted that at least one vehicle was destroyed in the fire while it was parked in the alley behind the area of The Book Store Used Books.
The fully wooden detached garage of 600 Wayne Ave. was destroyed, burning to the ground, but the extent of the damage to the neighboring book store has yet to be determined.
Spectators gathered on the scene stated they could see the glow of the fires from as far away as Main Street and Wagner Avenue. Many of those spectators voicing their concerns of whether or not these fires were a result of arson and the safety of their neighborhoods.
A cause or nature of the fires have not yet been released as both fires remain under investigation by the Greenville City Fire Department.