MADERA, Calif. -- A Fresno, Calif., ghost hunter has Madera County's blessing to spend 24 hours in an old fire station, the reputed home of a mischievous spirit named Homer.
Since the 1950s, firefighters in the old adobe brick station have traded spooky tales about unexplained thumps, shadowy night visitors, lights that go on and off when no one's around -- and Homer.
Last spring Cal Fire crews moved to a new station, and Madera County in June paid the private property owner $91,000 for the 1950 barracks, kitchen and garage on 1.69 acres along Road 600. The county plans to locate a community senior center there while keeping a volunteer fire engine in the garage.
Burrow and two associates last month paid a preliminary visit to the site. He turned on an "electronic voice phenomenon" recorder in front of the office area but heard nothing unusual.