June 11, 2021
By: Dwayne Page
A DeKalb County Volunteer Firefighter who so often helps others during a fire call or some other emergency needed some help himself Tuesday after a fire broke out on his property at Old Dry Creek Road.
Herb Checci was at home when he heard a muffled explosion outside sounding like thunder but what he discovered when he looked outside was not a storm but a fire coming from the two sheds near the residence which house Checci’s small engine repair service.
Although Checci’s fellow firefighters were summoned and responded quickly, they could not save the sheds nor the contents. Wind blew flames toward Checci’s home only a few feet away and the heat from it caused siding damage to the exterior of the residence.
No one was injured. The cause of the fire has not been determined.
Members of the Liberty, Main Station, and Cookeville Highway Stations of the DeKalb County Fire Department responded along with DeKalb EMS and the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department.