ARLINGTON — Instead of a house ablaze, firefighters from northeast Bureau County discovered steam and a possible leak in a wood-burning stove exhaust when they were called about a carbon monoxide alarm and smoke in rural Arlington on Tuesday.
No fire or smoke damage and no injuries were reported in the incident at about 3 p.m. at 20813 2050 North Ave., between Arlington and Cherry.
However, firefighters discovered damage, or at least a mechanical problem, for one Arlington fire truck.
Arlington’s No. 1 water tanker, a rebuilt 1993 truck that can haul 3,000 gallons of water to rural fires, may have a blown head gasket, fire chief Nick Drummer said. He said the engine overheated and died, and the truck had a similar overheating problem a year ago.
Arlington still has a backup water truck, and the fire department automatically calls neighboring Cherry and LaMoille departments when it has a fire. The departments work together and practice together, so the fire district residents should rest assured that water will be available if needed, Drummer indicated.
Arlington called for assistance from Cherry and LaMoille when the call came in about smoke seen near the eaves. Drummer said firefighters carrying carbon monoxide detectors entered the home and did not find elevated CO levels. He said there was a small hole in a stack from a wood burner, and there also may have been some steam rising from where the warm stack was near snow and ice along the roofline.
He said the home’s carbon monoxide detector was about eight years old, and they should be replaced more frequently than that.