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Fire destroys home off FM 2500 Thursday
BY VALERIE REDDELL
LIVINGSTON — Fire completely destroyed the home of Greg “Keg” and Teresa Puckett in the 1600 block of Puckett Cutoff off FM 2500 Thursday. Willo Sylestine, Fire Chief of the Alabama-Coushatta Volunteer Fire Department, said the house was fully engulfed in flames and had set a vehicle on fire when the first units from his department arrived at the scene. “The fire may have begun in a back bedroom and they were barely able to escape out the front door before the whole building was on fire,” Sylestine said Thursday night. In addition to the crews from the Tribal fire dept., Livingston VFD responded at 10:04 p.m. and remained at the fire scene with two tankers and an engine and 16 firefighters until 1:10 a.m. Friday morning. Fire crews used submersible pumps to draw water from a pond on the Puckett’s property to contain the blaze to the house and a pickup parked just outside the house. “They were fortunate they were able to get out OK,” said Livingston Fire Chief Corky Cochran. The intensity of the fire caused the floor to collapse and a lot of rubble from the fire was falling to the ground, so even though fire crews were able to thoroughly soak down the exterior of the home, the heat and embers inside would soon reignite it. Crews from A-C VFD returned several times throughout the day Monday to put out additional hot spots. As of late Friday evening, County Fire Marshal Jay Barbee had not been able to make an initial inspection of the fire scene due to the continued re-ignitions. He was able to meet with the homeowners and told them he would return Monday to survey the scene. “It’s just sad that everything was totally lost in a short time,” Cochran said.