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Corrigan apartments engulfed in flames Saturday
Polk County Enterprise
BY KIM POPHAM
CORRIGAN — Fire destroyed the Corrigan Square Housing Complex on U.S. Hwy. 287 Saturday afternoon, but the tenants managed to escape without injury. The fire was reported at about noon Saturday and the cause and origin of the fire are still under investigation. The building is a twostory eight-plex with four apartments upstairs and four downstairs. “Everybody escaped unhurt,” said Corrigan Volunteer Fire Chief John Cobb. Fourteen volunteers from Corrigan teamed up with departments from Livingston, Diboll, Onalaska and Scenic Loop. Thirty to 40 firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze. According to Apartment Manager Betty Reynolds, “The seven families who were burned out of their apartments have already been placed in unoccupied apartments throughout the complex,” said manager Betty Reynolds. “The problem is they don’t have a thing. They need everything from furniture, kitchen, bedding, sheets, clothes, food, everything you can imagine.” Reynolds was working hard Monday to help coordinate persons who wanted to help with donations. “This is very hard but we’re doing everything we can,” she said. Reynolds and a maintenance man discovered the smoke coming from the apartment building. Police reports indicate that the maintenance worker quickly turned off the electricity and gas. Corrigan City Councilman Bill Safford was one of those early on the scene. He contacted 10 local churches and asked them to assist the folks who were burned out of their apartments. He brought a case of water and he and his wife provided a walker needed by an elderly disabled lady at the scene. The wife of Volunteer Fire Chief John Cobb, Connie, had just returned from military service in Iraq where she served as a dehydration specialist and was on hand Saturday to hand out water and sugar-free popsicles to the firefighters and families in need. The Corrigan Christian Resource Center has also offered food to affected families. “If people will call us we’ll deliver food and more to those requesting help. All they have to do is call 936-398-2751,” director Ben Forshee said. Salvation Army Corrigan Coordinator Darlene Golden said, “When we receive a call for the families affected we can help them, said Darlene Golden, the Corrigan coordinator for Salvation Army. “So far two people have called for assistance,” she said. Corrigan Square residents affected may call 936-398- 2462. The American Red Cross also arrived in Corrigan to provide assistance. Assistant Director Elizabeth Reeves of the Bay Area office, in Baytown, added that it would be good to have a local Red Cross Coordinator for the Corrigan Community. For Red Cross assistance, call 281-424-1300.