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Two mobile homes were destroyed by fire on Wednesday. Courtesy photoTwo mobile homes were destroyed by fire on Wednesday. Courtesy photo

By Tony Farkas
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TRINITY — Trinity firefighters responded to a woods fire Saturday afternoon on Lake L Road, just after a two-day training session in Livingston on Friday and Saturday.

Approximately 3 acres were burned that started from a burn pile. Texas Forest Service responded with a bulldozer to help contain the fire.

Then, while returning to the station from that fire, firefighters were dispatched back to Lake L for a one-vehicle rollover accident that had one person trapped.

Trinity County Sheriff’s Office drove up on the accident and called Fire and EMS.

Fire Chief Keith Johnson said they found an ATV side turned over on Darrell Hall Road that had one person injured.

Ventura EMS transported the driver, who was not identified, to Mid Coast Trinity Medical Center with a leg injury.

On Sunday at about 1 p.m., Trinity firefighters were called to a residence on Trail of Tears Road in Lake L to a controlled burn that caused a woods fire.

Approximately 2 acres were burned before it was brought under control by 15 firefighters and three trucks, Johnson said.

•Trinity firefighters attended the Livingston Fire Training School Friday and Saturday.

More than 500 area firefighters spent the weekend learning firefighting techniques to better serve their communities.

Trinity firefighters Joey Papuga, Clint Sizemore and Boo Boo Lewis learned how to fight house fires as well as oil storage and LP gas fires. Learning wildland fire control were Steve Alexander, Greg Conner and Dustin Napier.

Attending the highway safety and traffic control class were Lamar Blake, Bubba Blair and Cody Mauldin. Ed Bullion, Matt Budzise and T.J. Bullion learned pump maintenance and repair.

Instructors at the house fire project were Richard Harrelson, Matt Opiela, Truman Withers and Johnson.

On Wednesday at approximately 7:50 p.m., Trinity Fire & Rescue was dispatched to a vehicle fire at Pinecrest Road and Tatom Street. Two trucks and 12 firefighters responded and brought the fire under control quickly.

The truck was heavily damaged. The cause and owner were not identified.

Later that night, the department responded to a mobile home fire at 35 Owl St. in Westwood Shores at approximately 11:30 p.m.

Johnson said Trinity County Sheriff’s Deputies were first on scene and reported a single wide mobile home fully on fire with a second mobile home starting to burn.

Fire units arrived on scene to both mobile homes ablaze and a storage shed containing ammunition burning. The ammunition began to heat up and bullets began to fire as firefighters attacked the building, bringing the fire under control quickly.

Multiple explosions occurred in the mobile home from aerosol cans while firefighters worked.

Johnson said they called for mutual aid from Groveton Fire Department, which responded with an engine and six firefighters, and 356 Fire Department with an engine and tanker with eight firefighters.

Trinity Fire had an engine and two tankers with 16 firefighters on scene.

Both structures were completely destroyed as the fire was declared out at around 3 a.m.

No one was living in the homes at the time of the fire, and no injuries were reported.

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