Man Who Allegedly Set Fire to Mobile Home Arrested, LIVINGSTON, November 20, 2014 - The man who allegedly threatened to "burn down" a mobile home and made good on this threat was arrested yesterday. Ervin Demond Harrell, 35, of Livingston was booked into the Polk County Jail and charged with: • Injury to a child or elderly with intent to cause injury • Assault causing bodily injury to a family member (X 2) • Probation violation According to witnesses, two days earlier, Harrell was assaulting his girfriend and when her children attempted to intervene, he also assaulted them. When Harrell's girlfriend informed him that she was calling police, he stated that he would burn the place down. Shortly thereafter, the mobile home was ablaze. Harrell then fled the scene in a pickup. Fortunately, nobody was injured from the fire (but the mobile home was totaled). Original Story Below
Firemen from Livingston VFD in the back yard of a mobile home that was allegedly set afire intentionally.
Arson Suspected in Domestic Situation Gone Terribly Wrong, LIVINGSTON, November 17, 2014 - Shortly before 4 pm on November 17, 2014, a housefire was reported to the Polk County Sheriff's Office. Firemen from Livingston Volunteer Fire Department arrived at 201 Rayon Road to find a mobile home burning out of control. Deputy Josh Sanders and other Deputies from the Polk County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to the scene along with Americare Ambulance Service. According to witnesses, the owner of the mobile home, Heather Meadows, was being assaulted by her boyfriend, 34 year old Ervin Demond Harrell, of Goodrich. Her children attempted to intervene in the situation and Harrell assaulted them. Meadows stated that she was calling authorities and (according to witnesses) Harrell threatened to burn the home down. Shortly after his threat, the home was on fire. Harrell fled the scene in a pickup before deputies arrived on the scene. At time of press (7:15 pm), Ervin Harrell remains at large. Workers from Sam Houston Electric Cooperative arrived to deal with burned down power lines. A fireman rescued three dogs and a horse from the fire. One dog was tied up under the mobile home while two more were tied near the mobile home in the back yard with a horse nearby. One fireman (who asked not to be identified) saved all 4 animals from certain death. It is not known to PolkCountyToday.com whether or not Meadows had homeowner's insurance.
Livingston Fire Chief, Corky Cochran (left) was on the scene.
This car (near the mobile home) caught fire and was extinguished by firemen.
Deputy Josh Sanders is investigating the incident.
Representatives from Sam Houston Electric Cooperative deal with a dangerous downed power line.
Three dogs and a horse were rescued by one of Livingston's best firemen.
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