White County firefighters stayed busy Sunday into Monday with three reported structure fires, one of which injured an occupant and resulted in the death of a pet.
That fire, at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, was at 70 Leatherford Road. Cleveland Fire and White County Stations 2 and 4 were dispatched with assistance from Lee Arrendale State Prison Fire Department and the White County CERT Rehab unit.
“The first-arriving unit reported 50% involvement,” said White County Public Safety Director David Murphy. “One minor burn to an occupant was treated on the scene by EMS, and unfortunately a pet was lost in the fire,” Murphy said.
The American Red Cross was called to assist three people who were displaced from the home, and the fire remains under investigation.
That fire call came just hours after White County Fire Services, Cleveland Fire Department and Helen Fire Department were dispatched to Yonah Burger, 2051 Helen Highway, Cleveland, just after 9 a.m. for reported smoke coming from the ceiling.
After firefighters investigated, firefighters believe the smoke was generated from the HVAC system in part of the building, Murphy said. The restaurant was allowed to reopen for business but urged to have the system checked.
About 4 a.m. Monday, firefighters from White County Stations 2 and 4, along with Cleveland Fire Department and Lee Arrendale State Prison Fire Department, responded to 692 Allen Anderson Road east of Cleveland for a reported structure fire.
The fire was extinguished quickly with no reported injuries, Murphy said.
Monday’s fire remains under investigation.