To the editor:
On the morning of Aug. 10 at 4:15 a.m., Laurinburg Patrolman Christopher Jackson responded to an alarm at Southeast Farm Equipment Company at 16220 Joy Street in Laurinburg.
Upon arriving at the address, Officer Jackson dispatched a fire alarm activation. He noticed a large amount of smoke and fire coming from the rear of the building. The fire was outside under a shelter at the rear of the main building, which had one 5,000 gallon storage tank and four 2,500 gallon storage tanks. These tanks were holding engine oil and hydraulic oil in bulk. The fire started from an electrical shortage with a pump used in the storage tank area.
Due to the quick response of seven officers of the Laurinburg Police Department 15 firemen and three engines from the Laurinburg Fire Department and two engines from the Wagram Fire Department and the Scotland County EMS personnel, our business was saved, and we were able to open our doors at 8 a.m. to serve our customers.
On behalf of the John Deere Company, owners, management and staff of Southeast Farm Equipment and our customers we are thankful to have these very dedicated policemen, firemen, and EMS personnel in our city and county.
Thank you all for a job well done.
Charles L. Liles, president of Southeast Farm Equipment Company