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House burns twice on SH 146 South Monday
LIVINGSTON — Firefighters were called to a home on State Highway 146 at Granbury Lease Road at 9:30 p.m. Monday and it reignited in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and County Fire Marshal Jay Barbee. A passer-by noticed a glow from Hwy. 146 and thought it was a woods fire behind the house. “When he pulled around the back, he saw the fire already vented out the back of the house,” said Livingston Fire Chief Corky Cochran. “It was pretty well involved when it was first discovered.” “It had pretty good headway and had consumed a good bit of the center part of the house — the main living area,” Cochran said. Twenty-two Livingston firefighters responded and they were joined by another 20 from South Polk County, Goodrich and Holiday Lakes with a total of 11 fire trucks. Onalaska VFD stood by at the Livingston fire station. Crews were called back out to the vacant house at 2:45 a.m. and remained there until 5 a.m. “I don’t know if it was a hot spot or what, but there were heavy flames in the center section of the house again. The damage was just an extension of what was already done. it was in bad shape to start with,” Cochran said. “It had a ‘for sale’ sign up and neighbors said they hadn’t seen anyone around there for some time until the afternoon just before the fire,” Cochran said. “I don’t know if it was the existing owners or buyers that had been out there.” The main living area at the center of the house was destroyed. The fire reached the attic and swept through the house in both directions, according to Cochran. Sheriff’s deputies and Americare EMS were also at the fire scene. “Americare helped monitor firefighters for signs of heat problems. It’s a real threat right now, but no one was injured.” Early Tuesday, firefighters were back out to stand by and assist a large law enforcement presence with traffic control for the first day of school for Livingston ISD. Texas Forest Service is reporting an increase in wildfires in northeast Texas due to the critical drought. The fires have been caused by lightning, heat from haybaling equipment and catalytic converters. TFS urges extreme caution when using any outdoor equipment.