Early morning rainfall and efforts to promote firework safety practices contributed to slightly fewer service calls over the Fourth of July, Manhattan Fire Chief Scott French said.
From Wednesday to Friday morning, MFD responded to nine calls directly related to firework incidents. Last year, the fire department responded to 10 calls.
The amount of activity the department saw was about on par with any given Fourth of July, French said, but it was likely less because the damp ground prevented grass fires the department would typically cover.
“I think we do a pretty good job of getting the message out to be safe and the proper use of fireworks, but at the same time, having that rain definitely contributed to fewer calls,” French said.
French said most of the calls were related to people shooting fireworks after hours or smoke scares, but three of them had associated dollar losses.
Firefighters responded to a report of a shed fire at the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity house, 513 Sunset Ave., at 10:30 p.m. Thursday. The occupants of the house extinguished the fire before crews arrived. Estimated loss to the shed’s contents is estimated at about $900, according to an MFD response form.
The other two, trash fires at 10:44 p.m. Wednesday at 408 Brookway Drive and 12:32 a.m. Friday at 798 Walters Drive, had property losses of about $200 and $500, respectively.
Officials did not report any injuries from any of the incidents.