Fire chief explains mutual aid refusal to oil fire

It was the mayor who decided not to provide mutual aid; the chief said his firefighters were ready and willing

MINER, Mo. — The fire at Santie Oil on June 13 caused evacuations and shut down businesses and roads in Sikeston.

While fire crews from around the Heartland made their way to help out, lots of locals used social media to ask why the Miner Fire Department didn't do its part to help. "With a disaster as big as the Santie fire was, I feel like it should have been all hands on deck," a Scott County resident said.

The Miner fire chief explained the absence on the department’s Facebook page. The Miner mayor said, currently, the Miner Fire Department only has one fire truck. Mayor Darren Chapman said with the limited resources they have, he never wants to leave the city unprotected.

Full story: Miner fire chief explains no mutual aid to Sikeston for Santie Oil fire

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