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West Ave. house burns Wednesday
Polk County Enterprise - April 2009
LIVINGSTON — Firefighters responded to a house fire on West Avenue reported at 9:34 p.m. Wednesday, but the structure was fully involved and “mostly gone” according to acting Fire Chief John Haynes. A team started to make entry into the frame house but Haynes said they were told at that time that various types of fuel might have been stored in the house. “We pulled everybody out and used a ‘surround and drown’ strategy,” Haynes said. Twenty-one firefighters and four trucks were used to battle the blaze. LVFD was called out a total of nine times between 9 a.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday, records show. Firefighters responded to several car crashes that occurred during Friday’s thunderstorms. At 9:28 p.m. a fire was reported in the laundry room at Timber Wood Nursing Home. A basket of burning clothes was removed from the laundry room, which is located in a separate building from patient rooms, LVFD members said at the scene Friday night. Eighteen firefighters and three trucks responded to the nursing home. Livingston police initially responded until LVFD reported patient evacuation was not necessary. With the recent death of two Houston firefighters, departments around the state and the nation are re-emphasizing firefighter safety. Haynes says the number of deaths haven’t really changed a lot over the years and it ha always been a major focus for LVFD. Fire department officers are charged with tracking personnel within their line of sight as much as possible. “They keep up with who’s on an interior crew and on which line,” Haynes said. You can’t see all sides of a structure fire, so officers work together to keep all teams in sight, according to Haynes. Each team keeps in constant radio contact with the incident commander. In larger fires, like the West Ave. house fire, LVFD uses a tagging system to make sure officers know the location of each firefighter. Firefighters’ safety equipment includes a motion-detecting device which will sound an audible alarm if there is no movement within a predetermined period of time.