Seven fire departments were needed to control a large grass fire Sunday, which threatened several buildings near Diamond Lake and caused one injury.
The fire started at around 12:45 p.m. on the Mike Driscoll property, near 4047 W 600 N, apparently when a controlled burn was swept out of control by brisk winds, according to the Noble County Sheriff's Department. The flames spread into nearby fields, swamps, and woods, and approached homes in the area as firefighters tried to get ahead of the blaze. It took about an hour and a half to bring the fire under control. No major property damage was reported.
An Orange Township firefighter reportedly suffered an injured knee during the incident, and was transported by EMS to Parkview Noble Hospital in Kendallville for treatment.
Albion and Ligonier firefighters initially responded, then called for help from the Avilla, Cromwell, Kendallville, Noble Township, and Orange Township fire departments. At least 8 four wheel drive brush trucks were used to battle the blaze, while Churubusco and other area fire departments were brought in on standby to cover empty fire stations.
Seventeen Albion firefighters manning six units responded. Some were still at the fire scene when a second fire broke out at 3:24 p.m., this one near 1848 W River Road. That fire began with a small controlled burn of a ditch. Joined by mutual aid companies, two Albion fire trucks were able to break free to fight the second fire, which was controlled in about an hour.
Also Sunday, at about 8:46 a.m. Albion and Kendallville firefighters extinguished a blaze that damaged a Pontiac Grand Prix on SR 8, near CR 500E.
In addition, Noble Township firefighters were called out at 11:16 a.m. to a location near 4805 S SR 109 at Big Lake, where they extinguished a fire that spread from a burning brush pile into a field. No injuries were reported in either of those blazes.