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Fire ravages vacant house
Houston County Courier - August 2009
By Daphne Hereford
A vacant residence located at 707 South Fourth Street was ravaged by fire Monday night, Aug. 24.
According to Crockett Fire Department Chief Darrell Deckard firefighters were dispatched to the unoccupied wooden structure at 7:42 p.m.
When firefighters arrived the back half of the home was heavily involved.
Deckard said 18 firefighters responded to the call and were able to protect an adjacent residence from the flames.
Customers in the Dairy Queen across the street reportedly noticed flames coming from the rear of the home and called authorities.
CFD responded with seven trucks to the fire across the street from the new justice center construction site.
Deckard said the home was totally destroyed and the cause of the fire was under investigation.
Crockett Police Department closed South Fourth Street for about 1.5 hours while firefighters extinguished the flames.
While firefighters were working, one man, Alfonso Mario Sierra, 57, was arrested and charged with three misdemeanors including intoxication, driving without valid driver’s license, and crossing fire hose.
Houston County Fire Marshal David Lamb also responded to the call.
No injuries were reported as a result of the incident.