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Firefighters suppress early morning blaze

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Only garage, truck lost due to quick action

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    The detached garage at 221 E. Colonial Dr. and a truck parked nearby were fully engulfed when firefighters arrived March 20. CONTRIBUTED
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    A pickup truck parked near the detached garage that was destroyed in the March 20 fire was also a total loss. CONTRIBUTED

A Jones County family is fortunate to have only lost their garage to a fire that started in the wee hours of the morning.

Emergency Management Director and Jones County Fire Chief Don Graham said Jones County Fire Rescue responded to fire call at 221 East Colonial Drive at 2:22 a.m. March 20. He said, when the fire units arrived, they found a detached two-car garage fully involved with fire.

“Firefighters took a defensive posture to keep that large blaze at bay from spreading to the main house and heavy foliage,” Graham said.

He said homeowners Jason and Kirsten Bergman and their daughter were asleep in the main house when the fire started. The chief said the daughter was alerted by a bright light coming from outside her window and realized there was a fire in the garage.

“She quickly woke up her parents, and they evacuated the main house,” he said.

Graham said there were no vehicles inside the two-car garage when the fire started, although a pickup truck caught fire that was parked close proximity to the garage. He said both the garage and pickup truck were a total loss.

The chief said no injuries were reported, and the cause of blaze is still under investigation.