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Fires battled Friday
LIVINGSTON — Commando-style responses from Livingston Fire Department with assistance from surrounding agencies has helped prevent several fires from raging out of control like the wildfires plaguing the Bastrop and Montgomery County areas. “For a couple of hours (Friday) everybody was running across the county,” Livingston Fire Chief Corky Cochran said. Crews responded to U.S. 287 east on the Polk-Tyler County line at 1:16 p.m. Friday and were able to help Corrigan VFD contain a woods fire to two to three acres, officials said. LVFD firefighter Ben Ogletree III called fire dispatchers while en route back to Livingston when he spotted black smoke above the tree line in the northeastern part of the city. Moments later, neighbors called to report a raging house fire at a mobile home at 3873 Israel Road. Seventeen men and five fire trucks responded with sheriff’s deputies and Livingston police. As first responders arrived, a woman ran from an adjacent house to the burning trailer screaming “our house is on fire, we don’t have a house any more.” Deputies Terry White and Jeremy Allen attempted to assist the woman, but she ran back into the adjacent frame house. They later reported she was uninjured, but was very upset about a dog and bird that perished in the fire. While Scenic Loop, Livingston, Goodrich and Onalaska battled the Mangum Road fire, crews from the Alabama-Coushatta reservation and South Polk County VFDs stood by in Livingston. The A-C crew returned to the site of the house fire to cool down hot spots. For additional coverage, visit the Enterprise’s Facebook page.