LOFD's quick response averts disaster

Violet McDonald, Democrat Copy Editor

Quick response by Live Oak Fire fighters averted potential disaster when the attic at Q&C Car Stereos on US 129 north caught fire Wednesday night.

Shortly before 8 p.m. May 28, Live Oak Fire responded to a fire call at the business.

"It could have been worse," LOFD firefighter Alan Bedenbaugh said. "The team did a good job."

According to Bedenbaugh, the plywood and insulation in the attic caught fire and produced smoke, which was noticed by a passerby. Protocol requires the state fire marshal be called in when a business catches fire. The fire marshal arrived on scene about two hours after the fire was put out. Live Oak Fire Chief Chad Croft said the fire marshal ruled the fire accidental.

"We're open for business. It wasn't that bad," said Q&C Car Stereos owner Quinn Skierski Thursday morning. "The fire marshal didn't exactly say last night what caused it, but we had some work done in the ceiling yesterday, and he thinks it had something to do with that."

Skierski said there was several thousand dollars in damages, and repairs should go smoothly.

"We've got our big sale next week, so we hope to have the damages repaired over the weekend," Skierski said.

When asked what advice he has for business owners when it comes to fire prevention, Skierski said, "If you think there could be problem get it checked out."

Skierski added people watching out and reporting the smoke and the quick response from Live Oak Fire Department saved his business.

Violet McDonald may be reached by calling 386/362-1734 ext. 130 or by e-mail at violet.mcdonald@gaflnews.com.