Total loss

A track hoe belonging to Lamb’s Dozier Service was gutted April 29 when a fire erupted in its engine compartment. City firefighters were sent at 11:22 a.m. to a location on McRae Street, just outside the city limits, where the construction equipment was ablaze. Because fire engines were subject to bog down in the damp field, the department’s brush truck was used to extinguish the blaze. The track hoe was a total loss.