Fire at El Milagro thwarted by manager

Staff Report

Fire officials credited the quick thinking of store employees in keeping a fire at El Milagro store and taqueria from causing significant damage Saturday.

Elkin Fire Department was dispatched to the incident at 1404 N. Bridge St. at 12:49 p.m. Saturday when they received a report of a fire inside the store.

According to a release from the fire department, “Within 16 minutes of arrival, crews from three fire engines, including an engine from Arlington Fire and Rescue, and one ladder truck had extinguished the blaze before it was able to cause significant damage.”

There were no injuries reported in the incident.

Elkin Fire Chief Mike Morton said, “The store’s manager made good use of a portable extinguisher to help hold the fire in check, and when the extinguisher could do no more the manager wisely closed the door to the room on fire and evacuated with his staff.

“Closing the door helped limit the fire’s ability to obtain fresh oxygen for further growth, and also made it more difficult for the fire to move beyond the room where it began,” the chief said.

The release noted a customer informed employees of the fire, and then the store staff called 911. Dispatchers had some trouble determining the location of the fire, but Morton said persistent efforts by the dispatcher enabled them to guide fire officials to the correct address once the engine already was en route.

Surry County EMS and Elkin Rescue Squad provided support on the scene.

Staff Report

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