Two alarm fire engulfs old bicycle repair shop

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Beaumont Fire-Rescue responded to a two-alarm fire on Park Street early in the New year, according to Capt. Jimmy Blanchard.

An unused bicycle and heater repair shop that had been closed for several years at 2380 Park St. caught fire Jan. 2, causing damage to the houses on either side of the shop, Capt. Brad Penisson said.

The shop had been closed for several years since the owner passed away and the owner's son was maintaining the property, according to Penisson.

Beaumont Fire-Rescue called the first alarm just after 9:04 a.m. and the second alarm at 9:30 a.m., due to the size of the fire, Penisson said.

2017 ended for Beaumont Fire-Rescue having an increase in responses for a third year in a row, Blanchard reported. 2017’s total number of responses was 19,406. Those numbers encompass structure fires, commercial structure fires, vehicles fires, etc. A large number of these calls are medical in nature, which Beaumont Fire-Rescue covers with its partners from Beaumont EMS and other private EMS providers. In 2015, there were 17,290 responses, and 18,985 in 2016.