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Tyler County firefighters assist in Leggett

Tyler County Booster

by Valerie Reddell

LEGGETT — Firefighters from 26 fire departments throughout Southeast Texas converged on a four-acre mulch plant in Leggett where a fire raged for more than six hours Sunday. According to Woodville Fire Marshall Forrest Archer, Woodville Volunteer Fire Department assisted with two tankers and nine men; Ivanhoe Fire Department with one tanker and three men; and Colmesneil Fire Department with one tanker and three men “They had a major situation on their hands, with 40 foot high piles of cow manure on fire and 25 mile per hour winds,” said Archer. The fire was reported at 2:40 p.m. Sunday afternoon at Hope Agri Products, formerly Wonder Chemical, on Loop 116. When the first trucks arrived the smoke and flames were limiting visibility on the four-acre site. “The majority of the southeast portion of the mulch piles were on fire,” Livingston Fire Chief Corky Cochran said. “Gusting winds were moving it very rapidly in a northwesterly direction towards the building.” At least three trailers used to haul mulch products were in the path of the advancing fire lines, Cochran said. “We were also advised that there were some small propane tanks that could not be seen due to the poor visibility,” Cochran said. “Within just a few minutes, those propane tanks began to vent and started to blow up.” Cochran said their initial strategy was to cut the fire off on the south side of the building.

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