Firefighters Back To Work 1 Day After Fire Destroyed Headquarters

COVINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – The Covington fire station may be gone, but its firefighters are still at work. Just one day after a fire destroyed their fire house, firefighters were called to respond to a grass fire outside the city limits.

“They did real good. It didn’t get past our fence line,” said Steve Teague, whose parents live nearby.

Saturday afternoon, the department was fighting a similar battle at its own station.

“Your station, your station’s on fire,” Fire Chief Kevin Karlicek remembers hearing from dispatchers.

Despite efforts to stop the flames, the building and at least two trucks were lost. Another two trucks were also damaged, leaving the city with just one working truck of its own.

Within hours, though, three neighboring towns – Blum, Alvarado, and Rio Vista – each donated a truck to Covington. Medical supplies were donated, too.

“Trying to help them out. They need help,” said Dale Hutchison of the Rio Vista fire department.

John Volkman of Covington knows what it’s like to be the victim of a fire.

Several years ago, the town’s firefighters, along with those of its neighbors, rescued his house.

“It’s something you don’t want to go through if you can keep from it,” he said.

He worries this weekend’s fire may have diminished their ability to respond.

“You know it puts the entire area of North Hill County in danger, when one of the fire departments goes down,” he said.

Tom Hemrick, the emergency management coordinator for Hill County, disagreed.

“Teamwork makes the system work,” he said, claiming there will be no decreased response.


One Comment

  1. gab says:

    I would like to know what started the fire?
    What can we do to help get it cleaned up?

    1. Schrödinger says:

      What started the fire? Ummm… fuel, oxygen and an ignition source!

  2. Michael Flannery says:

    Make me proud of the neighboring town, I live it Johnosn County and make me proud of how these departemts Alvarad and Rio Vista step and and donated the use of a truck to them.

  3. Michael Flannery says:

    GAB you might call the Covington City Hall they may be able to tell you what help is needed, I am sure right now pending a investigation to what caused this fire they will hold off until the scene is released.

  4. Terry Burleson says:

    Supposedly our fire chief is going to donate a truck for them to use too. We are willing to help out any fellow brother firefighters in any need necessary

  5. Sherry Abbott says:

    The Covington VFD did a great job containing the fire to their structure. Thanks, goes out to all the neighboring units who came to assist in this tragedy. Also, thanks for the generous contributions of supplies and equipment that can be used at this time. These items on loan will have to be replaced and the CVFD rebuilt. If there is anyone who can help with materials, time, or money they may contact the CVFD Chief Kevin, at 254-205-7937.

  6. Sam says:

    hahahaha how ironic ! How can these people be trusted to put out fires when they can not even protect their own station?

    1. Chad Stone says:

      Wow Sam, what an intelligent comment ! How are they supposed to protect their station when their equipment (gear and apparatus) is inside the burning station? They are a VOLUNTEER department, which means it is not staffed 24 hours a day and they are usually only at the station during an emergency. The nearest fire station to them is probably 15 miles away. How about you crawl back under your rock and spare everybody of your stupid comments….

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