– The fire department assisted in finding an elderly man from Elkrun Township who had wandered away from his home on Sept. 18. The man, who is in his 70s and suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, left his residence in the afternoon and was found several hours later hiding in a drainage pipe in a shallow creek off Low Road. Chief David Lewton said the man suffered a small cut on his head but no serious injuries.
– Firefighters were called at 12:02 a.m. Tuesday to 500 E. Fourth St. for a smoke detector activation with no fire. An investigation revealed that the timer on a stove was going off, not a smoke detector.
– Firefighters responded to Dunkin’ Donuts, 855 W. State St., after receiving a call at 1:16 a.m. Monday for a report of smoke in the building, with an unknown odor of smoke in the bathroom area. Breaker boxes were checked with no problems found. Employees advised of a new machine and electric to the new machine. A thermal imaging camera was used to check everything, with no heat signature found. The possible source of the unknown odor could have been from recently used cleaning supplies. Employees were remaining on scene to monitor the situation.
– While enroute to a call at Waterworth Memorial Park at 7:06 p.m. Sunday, firefighters were asked by Salem Police to respond to a residence in the 300 block of South Ellsworth Avenue for a furnace on fire. The resident said she turned on the unit and flames shot out of the front of the wall-mounted gas heater. She turned it off and the flames went out. She was told not to use it until it can be serviced. The gas to the unit was shut off.
– Firefighters responded to a car fire in a parking lot in the 200 block of North Ellsworth Avenue at 7:12 p.m. Thursday and found the engine compartment engulfed in flames. The fire was extinguished with water. No injuries were reported and the cause is undetermined. The Salem Police Department assisted.
– Firefighters were dispatched to a Homestead Drive home at 8 p.m. Monday on a report it had been struck by lightning. The department was also dispatched to a home on state Route 14 at 8:15 p.m. for the same report.
– While firefighters were conducting a short walk-through at First United Methodist Church on South Broadway Avenue at 9:05 a.m. Thursday, a bat was noticed on a wall. Two firefighters returned to the building with a truck with equipment to remove the bat from the building and dispatch the bat.
-The fire department provided assistance at a traffic accident on state Route 7 north of Middle Beaver Road at 5:55 p.m. Wednesday.
– The fire department responded to a grass fire on state Route 154 in Elkton at 5:57 p.m. Wednesday.
– Firefighters responded to an alarm at the Garofalo residence on state Route 164 at 9:08 a.m. Thursday. There was no damage.