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Crews battle fire at mulch plant Sunday
Polk County Enterprise
LIVINGSTON — Intense heat Sunday caused the massive mulch piles at Wonder Chemical Company near Leggett to spontaneously combust, according to Assistant Livingston Fire Chief John Haynes. Texas Forest Service personnel spotted the fire at 4:12 p.m. Sunday while flying over the area. Livingston firefighters were able to keep the fire off some of the giant mounds in a five-hour battle to control the blaze. Livingston Volunteer Fire Department dispatched 14 firefighters and four trucks; Onalaska sent two tankers and five men; Scenic Loop VFD sent one truck and five firefighters and two trucks and five firefighters from the Alabama-Coushatta Nation VFD responded. Throughout the evening, tankers had to make several trips back to Livingston to refill with water. Haynes said they had to call in for additional water, ice and Gatorade to rehydrate firefighters as well. Haynes said 23 fivegallon batches of foam were used to fight the fire. The attack was a little complicated because fire trucks could not reach the upwind side of the fire. Given the location of the mulch mounds, Haynes said he doubts Wonder could create a road on that side of the property. Haynes added that in the past Wonder Chemical has made donations to offset LVFD’s supply expenses after previous calls to the site.