Motorcycle Wreck Sparks Brush Fire

April 21, 2014
by: 
Dwayne Page
Motorcycle Destroyed by Fire
Smithville Firefighters Called Sunday to Fiddlers Manor Apartments

A 19 year old Smithville man wasn't seriously injured but his motorcycle was destroyed after it crashed and burned Sunday evening on Bethel Road.

Trooper Bobby Johnson of the Tennessee Highway Patrol told WJLE that Zachary Goldstein was west on Bethel Road riding a 1983 Suzuki motorcycle when he failed to negotiate a curve and ran off the right side of the road and overturned. The motorcycle burst into flames and sparked a small brush fire in the area.

Members of the Blue Springs station of the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department responded.

Other than some scratches, Goldstein was not hurt. He was cited for failure to maintain his lane of travel. He claims that some grass on the roadway caused him to lose control.

Meanwhile, members of the Smithville Volunteer Fire Department were called out Sunday afternoon to Fiddlers Manor Apartments.

Chief Charlie Parker said a tenant in one of the apartments was cooking when a grease fire started in the kitchen. The tenant extinguished it but smoke spread through the apartment and into the hallway. Residents in that portion of the building were evacuated as a precaution as city firefighters cleared the smoke with blowers.

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