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Dickens Oaks home burns Sunday
BY BRIAN BESCH
LIVINGSTON — A fire in the Dickens Oaks West damaged a home Sunday around 5 p.m. Fire Chief Corky Cochran said the family residing in the home made it out without injury. However, the family's pet hamster did not survive the blaze. According to Cochran, the fire was started in a back bedroom. The majority of the fire was confined to that room, with a small extension into the adjoining rooms. There was extreme heat and smoke that caused damage to the remainder of the structure. "The fire was brought under control within a matter of three or four minutes of arrival," Cochran said. "But we had a lot of hot spots and we had to tear out a lot of ceiling and insulation to make sure we didn't leave any hot spots. There was smoke and heat damage throughout the house, even though we confined it to that bedroom and just a short distance into the adjoining areas." The incident brought three trucks and 18 firefighters from the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department to 234 Dickens Oaks. Cause of the fire is still under investigation.