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Fires in the storm
Two fires Wednesday/Thursday; truck damaged
The Covington Fire Department responds to a call on Boogers Hill Road, off of Highway 81. Photo via the Covington-Newton County 911 Facebook page. - photo by Submitted Photo

The Covington and Newton County fire departments responded to two fires overnight Wednesday and Thursday morning, in the midst of snow from the 2014 winter storm.

The first was a structure fire of an outbuilding on Boogers Hill Road near Highway 81. The Covington Fire Department responded at around 9 p.m., after a homemade wood stove, reportedly started the blaze.

No one was injured in the fire.

Both Covington and Newton County responded to a fire later in the early Thursday morning at City Grove Mobile Home Park on Highway 11. A trailer was half involved when authorities arrived. According to Covington Deputy Fire Marshall Tony Smith no one was hurt.

Covington was lending a hand with the fire, after a county fire truck reportedly lost control and spun into a ditch.
Snow continued to fall throughout Wednesday night, leaving Newton County blanketed.

Smith, however, warned that it still isn’t safe to travel.

“It’s almost too quiet,” he said. “We are figuring today might even be the worst portion of it. Things may be starting to fall, people getting cabin fever and everybody presuming the roads are in great shape. “

Covington roads will still be slick, as plows couldn’t keep up with the amount of snow fall Wednesday evening, according to Deputy City Manager Billy Bouchillon.

Bouchillon added Covington had scattered outages, and one larger scale outage on Brown Bridge Road and Lake View Drive.

“They probably had 100 or so houses out,” Bouchillon said. “We had them back on in about 45 minutes. Other than that it was isolated. I think everybody is on right now.

“We really have been dodging a bullet.”