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Livingston man jailed for setting Sherman St. fire
Polk County Enterprise - October 2009
BY CHARLES K. FRANKLIN
LIVINGSTON – Local officials have made an arrest after a home caught fire twice within a span of two weeks. The first time the house burned was on Sept. 7. “On Monday September 21, at approximately 2:30 a.m. the Livingston Fire Department was dispatched to 308 East Sherman in Livingston in reference to a structure fire,” Livingston Fire Marshal Mark Taylor. “Upon arrival the structure was found to be fully involved.” The fire department was on the scene for about two hours. This was the second fire at this structure in two weeks. There is currently an ongoing investigation of the fires being conducted by the state fire marshal office and local authorities.
“The report we had was that it was heavily involved when we got the initial call which was correct,” said Livingston Volunteer Fire Department Chief Corky Cochran. “The fire was in the attic and primarily towards the back part of the house. Being an older wood-frame house, by now it’s got some pretty good ventilation in it because of the previous fire, the fire was able to ignite. Once the fire was ignited it was able to get a pretty good foothold because of the air movement.” The call came in at around 2:15 a.m. on Sept. 21. Livingston Police Officers on duty during the night were the first to notice the fire and place the call to the fire department. Fifteen firemen from the LVFD responded to the call with two trucks. “It took somewhere close to 20 minutes to get it knocked down and then we were there for quite some time because there was so much rubble we were trying to wet down,” Cochran said. Robert Thacker, 31, of Livingston was arrested Thursday and charged with one count of arson according to Taylor. Thacker is still under investigation for other suspicious fires in the area. “This is an ongoing investigation between the Livingston Police Department, the Livingston Fire Marshal’s office, the Harris County Fire Marshal’s office and the state Fire Marshal’s office,” Taylor said. The property is owned by Jones properties.