Firefighters battle nighttime blazes
by Rory Doyle and Chance Wright
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The Bolivar County Volunteer Fire Department had a busy night responding to three fires in the area, one beginning early this morning in Symond.

Bolivar County Volunteer Fire Department Chief Lee Tedder said they were alerted of a fire at Crawdad's Restaurant in Merigold at 6:39 p.m. Thursday night, where the crew battled flames until shortly after 10 p.m.

The fire started in the kitchen's grill area, moved up the smoke stack and spread into the attic above.

"Fire-wise, the damage could have been worse," said Tedder. "There was heavy smoke damage and we had to open up the roof in multiple locations."

All restaurant staff and customers were evacuated safely from the building.

Tedder said owners expect the restaurant to be open again for business by next weekend.

At 8:06 p.m., while still engaged at Crawdad's, the department had to respond to a mobile home fire at 1453 Township Rd., just north of the town of Renova.

The Cleveland Volunteer Fire Department assisted the county with the fire, but the home was completely engulfed in flames and could not be saved.

"Actually we got a mutual assist call to both the fire at Crawdad's and the fire on Township Road," said Cleveland Fire Inspector Gene Bishop. "The Bolivar County Volunteer Fire Department was the primary response team and we assisted by supplying a ladder truck and some manpower."

Bishop said that while it is not an often occurrence, it is not unheard of for two fire departments to lend assistance to each other.

"We are all fighting for the same cause of protecting people and putting out fires," he said.

In a third incident, the county rushed to a house fire at 5:20 a.m. today at 6 Pear Rd. in Symond.

The crew arrived on scene to a fully engulfed fire and the house was burned to the ground by 8 a.m.

A nearby car was also burned at the scene.

Fellow BCVFD Chief Joe Phillips said that the fires on Township Road and Pear Road are still under investigation and that causes of the fires have yet to be determined.

No injuries were reported in any of the fires.