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Livingston VFD battles pair of kitchen fires
Polk County Enterprise - March 2008

LIVINGSTON — Volunteer fi refi ghters answered a rash of calls Thursday, two the result of kitchen fi res and two other calls resulting from outdoor debris burning. Fire Chief Corky Cochran is urging Polk County residents to advise the Polk County Sheriff’s Offi ce or the fi re department that covers their area if they plan to conduct a controlled burn. “It avoids putting our fi refi ghters and the public at risk if we are rushing to answer a call from a passing motorist who spots a fi re when there really is no emergency,” Cochran said. Given the high wind and low humidity, Cochran said any outdoor burning is inadvisable. “Even though we’re starting to see some greening up, there’s still a lot of dead fuel out there on the ground that any spark could set off,” Cochran said.

He also reminds Livingston residents that burning inside the city limits is illegal at all times. LVFD was called to a house fi re in Longhorn Valley at 5:53 p.m. Thursday where 17 fi refi ghters and three trucks were needed to knock down a fi re between the stove and the wall. The fi re begin as a grease fi re while cooking but got into the wall behind the stove and fi refi ghters had to remove the wall to completely extinguish the fi re. At 8:04 p.m. LVFD was called out to a brush fi re on Capps Road and 12 fi refi ghters responded. They were called out to a second kitchen fi re at 9:24 p.m. when a stove fi re fi lled two apartments with smoke in the 900 block of Pine Street. The fi re damaged the vent and cabinets in the kitchen. A total of 14 fi refi ghters and two trucks responded to remove the smoke and check for any remaining hot spots. LVFD was also called out to a possible house fi re on Highway 146 that was actually a controlled burn. “This situation illustrates why residents should notify us about any controlled burn. It wastes our resources and creates an additional hazard for our crews and the public,” Cochran said.

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