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S.L. FIRES KEEP CREWS BUSY

A string of trash fires kept firefighters busy early Thursday but didn't keep Lambs Restaurant from serving breakfast during post-fire cleanup.

Dispatchers began receiving calls reporting trash-bin fires about 4 a.m. The calls continued until it began to get light outside, said Battalion Chief LaMont Epperson. "When it got light, he quit."The only fire to cause property damage burned in a Dumpster in the alley behind Lambs, at 169 S. Main. That fire scorched the outside of the building and tripped a fire sprinkler system inside the restaurant, causing an estimated $10,000 to $20,000 damage, Epperson said.

Even with crews mopping up the fire and water damage in the restaurant, "They were starting to serve coffee and rolls and breakfast when we left" shortly after 7 a.m., Epperson said.