Sherrill ballplayers spring into action as flames erupt near field

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SHERRILL — The Sherrill Silversmiths college baseball team and Sherrill city employees sprung into action after witnessing a fire near Noyes Park Baseball Field. On Monday, June 7, at around 12:37 p.m., the Sherrill-Kenwood Fire Department was alerted to a structure fire at 204 East Hamilton Ave. Upon arrival, a single-car detached garage was found to be fully engulfed and spreading to a vehicle nearby.

When they arrived, they also found that bystanders in the area had already begun efforts to keep the fire from spreading while awaiting the fire department.

Barry Van Dreason, city of Sherrill Parks and Recreation director, used a nearby garden hose while Josh Bein, a member of the Sherrill Silversmiths baseball team, used a second garden hose to stop the spreading flames. Sherrill Police Chief Robert Drake arrived and took over Bein’s suppression efforts.

At the same time, Simeon Downing and Brad Keefe, two other members of the Silversmiths, connected additional garden hoses to make additional efforts on the fire.

“I ran over to (Bein’s) location and took the garden hose from him and continued to spray the south-east side of the garage while waiting for the fire department to charge a fire hose to begin putting out the fire,” Drake said. The police chief lauded the efforts of the three Silversmiths saying their willingness to help and their courageous actions are a true inspiration.

City of Sherrill officials said the efforts of these individuals to take action and help Sherrill residents in a time of crisis is greatly appreciated.

The fire was brought under control quickly after the arrival of the Sherrill-Kenwood Volunteer Fire Department. Along with its mutual aid departments, the volunteer fire personnel worked in high temperature and high humidity conditions to limit the spread of the fire damage to the garage and vehicle. There were no injuries, and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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