City and county firefighters battle structure fire on Live Oak Street

From Staff Reports

Oct 24, 2007 - Sulphur Springs and Hopkins County firefighters through the noon hour today were battling a structure fire on Live Oak Street. Their efforts were hampered when the water hydrant they hooked hoses to blew, making firefighters reliant strictly on the water in their tanks.

The fire was reported around 10:30 a.m. in the 1500 block of Live Oak Street. Sulphur Springs firefighters’ initial size-up of the situation was of heavy smoke visible from the roof of the two-story structure. They requested mutual aid from Hopkins County Fire Department, and noted that occupants of nearby structures such as a hardware store should be alerted as a precaution in case the fire spread and evacuation became necessary. They also requested that TXU be notified to disconnect utility service at the location.

Firefighters first made interior entry to the structure through a side door. Upon other units’ arrival, another team entered through the front door and took the stairs to the second level. At 11 a.m. firefighters had reached the attic of the structure, reporting it to be clear.

Firefighters continued battling the blaze which from radio reports seemed to be indicate was mainly in the kitchen and between the floor and ceiling joist of the second floor. Crews worked to get to the area to extinguish the blaze. The fire was said to be contained by 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Brinker firefighters were contacted to cover at the county station for about 1 1/2 hours while the county firefighters remained on scene assisting with the blaze, with their second unit ready should other calls come in.

Firefighters were attempting but had yet to locate Callie, residents Tonya and Terry Riley’s 1-year-old spaniel, at 11:30 a.m. She said that she had left a roast cooking and candles lit while she left the residence to run errands. They have lives at the Live Oak Street home for 25 years.

Hopkins County Salvation Army will be accepting monetary donations  to assist the Rileys. Contact HCSA Chair Jo Marie Neal at 903-885-9858 or 903-335-1032 to make donations, or drop them off at the program headquarters inside The Bait Shop on South Broadway Street.

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