Structure Fire in Morningstar Area…


Morning Star Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire this morning on County Road 19.  Automatic Aid was dispatched from York, Siloam and Cuba Fire Departments.  Morning Star and York units arrived on location and mounted a quick attack on the fire and held the fire to the room of origin and prevented major damage to the dwelling.  All departments in the southern portion of Sumter County drill together on a regular basis so that on emergencies like this firefighters know how to effectively work together to serve the public.  



Structure Fire on Old Hwy 80


Submitted by Ashlynne Vaughan

On Monday, February 8, 2016 Cuba VFD was paged out for a structure fire just off Old Highway 80. With the automatic aid in place, other departments in the South Sumter area were paged as well. Lt. Josh Reid was first on scene in Cuba Engine 2 to find a shed completely engulfed in flames. The wind was high that day so it was a welcome sight when other departments arrived on scene. The quick response of Cuba VFD, Morning Star VFD, Siloam VFD, Ward VFD and York VFD allowed the blaze to be contained quickly and prevented the fire from spreading into the surrounding woods. Great job to all volunteers who responded – many hours of training put to good use when it was necessary!


Submitted by Ashlynne Vaughan


Submitted by Ashlynne Vaughan

Busy Weekend…

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Crews were busy with a structure fire on friday and several medical calls over the weekend.  However, Sunday afternoon naps were destroyed with the sound of pagers and a reported structure fire in the Shaw Road area.  First arriving units reported that it was a large grass fire with several structures threatened.  Cuba Engine 2 and crew arrived and stood between the fire and an endangered home and barn with just seconds to spare.  Before the fire was under control units from all South Sumter Fire Battalion stations other than Whitfield Fire were on location.  Boyd Fire Department dispatched Tanker 1500 to the scene to provide support for units attempting to keep the fire from jumping the four lane.  Crews from Morningstar and Kinterbish (backed by Ward and Siloam Tankers) made he stop in the median of US 80.  The fire was brought under control shortly after 1500 hours.  Cuba Police Officers Jeff Shaw and local resident Steve Holcombe assisted crews by plowing fire lines in before forestry arrived with their own tractors.

Commercial Vehicle Fire

Early Friday morning the York Fire Department requested aid from units in South Sumter Fire stations.  A tanker task force was dispatched from Siloam Fire and Ward Fire along with Tanker 1500 from Boyd Fire Department.  Cuba Fire Department dispatched Engine 1 to stand back in the vicinity of York and Cuba to provide coverage for York and Cuba.  The tankers provided water to the York Fire Department pumpers on location and the fire was quickly brought under control.  Unfortunately, the property carried on the trailer was a complete loss. 




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Recent Runs…

Departments in South Sumter have been running quite a bit lately.  A few small incidents and a major incident that involved six engine companies and three tankers on the actual call and several other engines and tankers were moved up to cover empty houses.  The large incident was in the York Fire Department’s coverage area along I 20-59 and involved fires from the 13 mile marker all the way down to the 7 mile marker.  The incident was brought under control by the combined efforts of the fire departments and the Alabama Forestry Commission. 

This accident on June 5th sent to area residents to the hospital.  The vehicle was just inside the state of Alabama when it left US 11 near a creek.  The driver of the vehicle was able to miss the creek. 

Vehicle Fire on June 15th at Young’s Grocery caused a few tense moments for those at the area store.  The fire department was notified and was on location within eight minutes.  Crews used foam to bring the fire under control and stop it from spreading into the diesel pumps. 

MVA’s in May…

We have been somewhat behind in getting the website updated and hope to have that remedied in the next few days.  Units from South Sumter Stations have responded to several motor vehicle accidents in the South Sumter area during the month of May.  With the upcoming holiday weekend we hope that residents and travelers are safe on area roadways.

This MVA sent a local man to the hospital with non-critical injuries.  The accident occurred on County Road 10 just south of the Cuba City Limits. 

Damage done to a transfer truck as a result of a May 12th accident at the Alabama/Mississippi State Line.  Units from Cuba, Siloam, and Toomsuba (MS) responded to the scene of the two vehicle accident that involved two transfer trucks (one of which was a fuel tanker).  The cargo was not spilled and the accident scene was turned over to Mississippi units. 

 This accident happened on County Road 2 and sent one area man to the hospital. 


Another MVA at 17/80…

Units responded to another MVA at the intersection of Alabama 17 and US 80 on Tuesday afternoon.  The Tuesday afternoon collision was the third accident at the location in the past four days.  The most recent collision sent to patients to local hospitals.  Each of the most recent accidents have involved a commercial vehicle and a passenger vehicle each.  Everyone is reminded to be careful at this busy intersection.  Remember to slow down and take your time before pulling out into traffic.

US80 and AL17 MVAs…

Units from Siloam and Cuba Fire Departments responded to two separate accidents at the intersection of Alabama Highway 17 and US Highway 80.  Both accidents involved commercial vehicles but only one accident involved injuries.  Units remained on scene to keep traffic flowing on these busy highways while Alabama State Troopers investigated and wrecker companies removed the debris.  This incident is just one of many that these two departments have responded to at this location.  Hopefully, the ALDOT crews and contractors working hard to complete the new bridge and highway will have AL17 open again and many of these accidents can be prevented. 

Accident occured on Friday Afternoon around 1600.  The occupant of the vehicle was transported to the hospital.

The commercial vehicle lost its load in the collision.


Results of the Saturday crash.  There were no injuries in this accident. 


MVA I 20-59…

Units from Cuba and Siloam responded to an MVA on I 20-59 Sunday, April 15, 2012.  Arriving units found the driver of the vehicle injured but out of the vehicle and ambulatory.  Units remained on scene for some time due to the small fuel leak and the amount of time required by the wrecker to clean up the scene. 


MVA AL 17 South…

Units from Siloam and Ward Fire Departments responded to a motor vehicle accident on Alabama Highway 17 near the Choctaw County line early in the morning of Wednesday the 14th.  There were no injuries in the incident but a large amount of lumber was scattered across the highway.  South Sumter units were on location at the scene of the accident for nearly four hours waiting on law enforcement to arrive and complete their report.