Firemen on the front porch of 232 Ana Drive in Wiggins Village I.
Fire Totals Two Story Home, LIVINGSTON, April 24, 2011 - At approximately 4:15 am on April 24, 2011, a house fire was reported from the subdivision of Wiggins Village I. Volunteer Firemen from Livingston arrived to find the home fully involved at 232 Ana Drive. One fireman told PolkCountyToday.com that flames were shooting around 40 feet into the air and were threatening trees and other nearby structures. Livingston Volunteer Fire Department was soon joined by fire departments from Scenic Loop and Onalaska.
The home was a well built wooden home with a metal roof. Due to rapid nature of the fire, most of the roof collapsed. Deputy Craig Taylor with the Polk County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to conduct a preliminary investigation. According to neighbors, the owner of the home is Lois Starnes. Neighbors also stated that Lois and her grandson are the only two people who live in the home. It is reported that nobody was at home at the time of the fire. According to Livingston Fire Chief, Corky Cochran, at this time, the cause of the fire is unknown. There will be an investigation by Polk County Fire Marshal, Jay Barbee. The scene was cleared by 6:15 am.
Special thank you: Stash Anderson
Click here for footage from the scene.
By time our cameras got to the scene, most of the fire was out except for a few hot spots.
A walk to the back yard provided a revealing look at the devastation of the home.
Livingston Fire Chief, Corky Cochran looks upon a backdrop of complete destruction.
Deputy Craig Taylor of the Polk County Sheriff's Office speaks with Corky Cochran.
Splattering foam almost gives the appearance of snow.
Metal sheets from the collapsed roof were dragged out of the way to give fire fighters easier access into the home (note the scorched ground around the home).
Fire trucks lined up on Ana Drive in Wiggins Village I.
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