Friday, August 14, 2020

Sparta Area Fire District

Sparta firefighters extinguish flames at garage in rural Sparta ignited by a lightning strike. The fire spread to the house, which also received damage. Contributed photos
Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 10:10am
A lightning strike from a severe storm that blew through the area Tuesday evening caused a fire at a rural Sparta house. According to Sparta Area Fire District Chief Mike Arnold, firefighters responded to the scene at 15758 Hammer Road in the Town of Sparta where lighting started a garage on fire...
Sparta firefighters spent five hours fighting a blaze Wednesday night that destroyed a house in the Town of Leon. Homeowners Jason and Jennifer Holliday and their two daughters escaped but the home was left uninhabitable. Contributed photos
Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 10:35am
A Leon area family was left homeless after their house went up in flames Wednesday night. According to Sparta Area Fire District Chief Mike Arnold, his crew responded to a reported house fire at 19433 Jamboree Road in the Town of Leon at 10:16 a.m. Arnold, who was the first on the scene, said when...
Firefighters battled frigid temperatures Wednesday morning as they put out a porch fire on Kent Street in Sparta. Contributed photo
Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 10:20am
The Sparta Area Fire District was dispatched to a reported fire on a porch at 808 Kent Street in the City of Sparta at 5:34 a.m. Wednesday. When Chief Mike Arnold arrived on the scene the front porch had visible fire and moderate smoke on the first floor. The occupants of the home were alerted by...
A vehicle driven by a Bangor man rolled and caught fire Monday on Iberia Avenue in the Town of Sparta. Contributed photo
Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 10:34am
A man escaped serious injury Monday thanks to the help of two unidentified passersby who pulled him from a burning vehicle in rural Sparta. According to Sparta Area Fire District Chief Mike Arnold, his department was dispatched at 12:38 p.m. to a reported one vehicle roll over on Iberia Avenue in...
Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 10:22am
A Rochester, MN man suffered life-threatening injuries after his motorcycle hit a deer on I-90 Wednesday afternoon. According to Sparta Fire Chief Mike Arnold, who was the first emergency responder on the scene, the accident occurred near the 26-mile marker in the westbound lane. He said when he...
Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 10:26am
Last week's storms, which brought high winds and torrential rainfall, resulted in more damage and flooding to the area. On Thursday a storm swept through Sparta, where a lightning strike started a small fire at 916 Jefferson Ave. shortly after 11:30 a.m. Sparta Area Fire District Chief Mike Arnold...
Sparta firefighters look over the smoldering ruins of Town of Adrian barn that was destroyed in a fire Easter morning. Contributed photo
Monday, April 22, 2019 - 9:54am
The Sparta Area Fire District was dispatched to a reported barn fire at 17562 Independence Road in the Town of Adrian at 5 a.m. Sunday. When Sheriff's deputies arrived on scene they reported that the barn was fully engulfed in flames and a nearby house was not in danger. A lean-to attached to the...
A firefighter examines damage to a trailer that caught on fire Wednesday morning on Hwy. 27 north of Sparta. Contributed photo.
Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 10:12am
The Sparta Area Fire District was dispatched to a reported trailer fire on State Highway 27 near Dallas Avenue seven miles north of Sparta at 6:21 a.m. Wednesday morning. When Fire Chief Mike Arnold arrived the trailer was on fire and the truck pulling the trailer had been disconnected. Crews...
A lightning strike at this rural Sparta home ignited several fires throughout the house. Contributed photos
Monday, April 15, 2019 - 10:22am
A Town of Sparta home sustained significant damage Thursday, April 11 after it was hit by lightning. Sparta Area Fire District Chief Mike Arnold said his crew was dispatched to 4402 Highway 16 at shortly after 2 a.m. When Arnold arrived on scene the homeowners, Byron and Charlotte Schmitz, were...
Sparta firefighters extinguish a car fire at 811 Kent Street, Sparta, last Thursday. They also battled a shed blaze on Bedford Road on Sunday before being called out to a power pole on fire later that day. Contributed photos.
Monday, April 8, 2019 - 11:00am
On April 4, the Sparta Area Fire District was dispatched to a reported car fire at 811 Kent Street in the City of Sparta. When Fire Chief Mike Arnold arrived on scene, the vehicle was fully engulfed. Two nearby houses were wetted down because of the vehicle's proximity to them. The fire started in...

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