Firefighters responded to alarm calls on Elbert Davis Street and Ashland Highway Jan. 16, and on Ave. H Jan. 19. The following day, they answered calls related to a grass fire on Talladega Creek Road and a medical assist on Cove Access Road.
Then Jan. 21 saw calls related to a woods fire on Eastaboga Road, burning leaves on Eastwood Ave., a grass fire on Thornton Street, a grass fire on Alabama 77 and an alarm call on West Park Way.
The next day, Jan. 22, there was an alarm call on South Street East, woods fires on Concord Church Road and Blackberry Lane and a grass fire on Allison Mill Road.
The two structure fires round out the week. One was called in on Elbert Davis, at the same house as the alarm call earlier in the week. The house was occupied, although no one was home at the time. Firefighters were on the scene for about an hour and a half.
There was heavy damage to one room and minor damage to another, with light smoke damage throughout. The cause of the fire remained under investigation Thursday afternoon.
The second structure fire was on Perkins Ave. at about 2 a.m. Thursday, and resulted in heavy damage to the living room, dining room, kitchen and sun porch.
Davis said that many of the grass and woods fires were the result of people letting outdoor burning get away from them. He reminded them that Talladega County is still under a burn alert.
With high winds and continued cold, dry weather for the rest of this week, he urged people to be extra careful.
Contact Chris Norwood at firstname.lastname@example.org