Smoke at 229 Loop 116 was so heavy that the burning home was hardly visible.
Home Possibly Totaled by Fire, NEW WILLARD, February 19, 2013 - At around 12:20 pm February 19, 2013, a house fire was reported off Loop 116 (about 5 miles north of Livingston). Firemen from Livingston arrived to find a burning home located at 229 Loop 116. Heavy smoke was billowing from all areas of the roof of the house. Evidence suggests that the fire started in the back of the house in the area of the home's water heater. Scenic Loop and Onalaska VFD's arrived to assist in dousing a stubborn fire that was difficult to get to. The fire managed to spread to between the roof and the ceiling framing. A preliminary investigation was launched by Seargent Rob Thomas with the Polk County Sheriff's Office. The owner of the home, Joann Ramirez and her husband and their daughter reside in the home. Nobody was injured in the incident. Firemen managed to get the fire under control in about an hour. The case will be turned over to Polk County Fire Marshall, Jay Barbee.