The Paris Volunteer Fire Department went nearly four months without being called to a fire. That period of inactivity ended the week of Dec. 29-Jan.4 when firemen were called to handle two fires.

The first took place on Monday, Dec. 30 when firemen were called to the Cloyes Gear and Products, Inc. plant on West Walnut Street about 7:45 a.m.

"The fire was in a skelling machine in a building on the north side of the property," according to Paris Fire Chief John Wells. "The machine has caught fire several times in the past and they are installing a new fire repression system to help take care of the problem."

Wells said firemen were on the scene for about an hour and no one was hurt.

"We pretty well knew what to expect because it’s happened several times," Wells said.

The second fire that week took place on Wednesday, Jan. 1 at about 6 a.m. The fire was at the old Garland Cotton Sand and Gravel Co. located on West Walnut Street, east of Miller’s TV and Appliances.

Wells said a 2000 Chevrolet four-wheel drive pick-up truck back fired and the vehicle caught fire. Garland Cotton, Jr. tried to put out the fire with an extinguisher but was unsuccessful, Wells said.

"The truck was a total loss," Wells said. "In most vehicle fires, we only use one hose. We had to use two hoses on this one."

Wells said firemen were on the scene for about 40 minutes.

Those two fires were the first reported in Paris since Sept. 6, when a vehicle fire took place.