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Battling end of year blazes

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Groveton firefighters took 2 ½ hourse to knock down a structure fire on Lloyd Davis Road.Groveton firefighters took 2 ½ hourse to knock down a structure fire on Lloyd Davis Road.

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GROVETON — Groveton and Trinity firefighters battled a pair of blazes that broke out over the weekend that left two structures destroyed.

Just after 2 a.m. Sunday in Groveton, firefighters were sent to a home on Lloyd James Road, and when they arrived, the rear of the home was completely engulfed in flames.

Fire Chief Glenn Hammond said they responded with an engine, a brush truck and five firefighters, and the Trinity fire department was contacted for mutual aid.

He said the fire, which is believed to have started around the dishwasher area of the kitchen, took about 2 1/2 hours to control.

No injuries were reported. The owners or residents were not identified.

In Trinity on Dec. 29, Trinity Fire & Rescue responded to a structure fire on Doug Bell Road that broke out around 10 p.m.

Assistant Fire Chief Keith Johnson said the department responded with three engines and 17 firefighters and found a 30 x 60 metal garage, with living quarters in the rear of the building, on fire.

Firefighters brought the fire under control in about 10 minutes, and putting out hot spots required another 45 minutes, Johnson said. The living quarters were heavily damaged by the fire.

No injuries occurred and the cause appears to be electrical.

The owners, who were out of town, were not identified, Johnson said.

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Departments battle house fire

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Firefighters from the 356 Volunteer Fire Department battle a blaze at a home on Armadillo Road near Trinity on Monday.  Courtesy photos  by Keith JohnsonFirefighters from the 356 Volunteer Fire Department battle a blaze at a home on Armadillo Road near Trinity on Monday. Courtesy photos by Keith Johnson

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TRINITY — 356 Volunteer Fire Department, with help from Trinity Fire & Rescue, battled a structure fire early Monday morning.

Chief Marvin Saunders said the fire broke out at an address on Armadillo Road in the Hawg Heaven subdivision at about 3 p.m. in what was described as a piece of rental property.

The female occupant, who was not identified, was cooking something to eat, got distracted, and the grease caught fire. Saunders said she tried to put it out with a fire extinguisher but was unable to, so she went to a neighbor’s house and called 911.

Firefighters arrived about 7 minutes later, but at that time, the house was fully aflame, Saunders said. The occupant lost everything, and the Red Cross was notified and should help her with lodgings and clothes.

Trinity Assistant Fire Chief Keith Johnson said his department was called for mutual aid and responded with two trucks and 12 firefighters.

No one was injured in the fire.

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Barn, shop destroyed by blaze

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Groveton firefighters battle a blaze that broke out in a shop/barn in Groveton on Sunday morning. Courtesy photoGroveton firefighters battle a blaze that broke out in a shop/barn in Groveton on Sunday morning. Courtesy photo

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GROVETON — The Groveton Volunteer Fire Department battled a blaze that broke out in a shop and barn on Sunday morning.

Fire Chief Glenn Hammond said the department was dispatched a little after 6 a.m. to an address on North Main Street in Groveton.

When firefighters arrived, the buildings were fully involved, and the VFD requested assistance from Trinity Fire & Rescue, which brought a tanker to provide a water supply.

Hammond said it took about 3 hours to bring the fire under control, and that everything inside was a total loss.

The cause of the blaze is unknown at this time, he said.

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County departments fight several fires

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Both Trinity and Groveton volunteer fire departments responded to fires in the previous week.

On Sunday, Groveton firefighters battled a fire that broke out on Jones Street, originally called in as a brush fire, that left a mobile home and an RV in ruins.

Fire Chief Glenn Hammond said the fire probably was intentionally set, but no suspects are known at this time, and the department is trying to determine who owns the property.

He said the department responded with an engine and two brush trucks, as well as eight firefighters, but the home and RV were a total loss by that time.

The blaze was contained in an hour, he said.

Later that night, Trinity Fire & Rescue responded to a truck fire on Highway 94.

Assistant Fire Chief Keith Johnson said at about 6:30 p.m. Sunday night, about a mile west of Glendale, the department sent 14 firefighters and one truck. When they arrived, the vehicle was fully involved. 

The driver, who was not identified, told firefighters that he smelled smoke, pulled over to the side and then saw flames under the hood. He attempted to use his extinguisher, but could not put out the fire.

The blaze was extinguished, and no injuries were reported. A cause was not determined.

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Firefighters rescue man from Trinity River

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lifesavingEmergency personnel from five area agencies came together to rescue an elderly man who fell into the Trinity River on Friday night. Courtesy photo

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Trinity and Walker County firefighters rescued a man who fell into the Trinity River Friday night at the river bridge on Highway 19.

Assistant Fire Chief Keith Johnson said that they received the call at about 7 p.m. Friday and responded with a rescue truck and 12 firefighters. Ventura EMS from Trinity and Walker County EMS sent ambulances and emergency personnel as well.

Johnson said that firefighters Greg Conner, Joey Paguga and Allen Ramsey arrived on scene first and pulled an elderly male out of the water. Later, a second elderly male at the scene began experiencing chest pains and was assisted with his medication by EMS personnel.

The two victims were not identified.

Johnson said the first victim fell because the bank collapsed when he got close to the water.

The Trinity VFD Polaris side-by-side was called to the scene and removed both patients to the boat ramp to be transported to Huntsville Memorial Hospital. Their conditions were not immediately known.

Johnson said the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office also assisted at the scene.

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