4-alarm fire rages, family displaced

There is nothing left of this beautiful home but a shell of the outside brick walls. Local citizens pitched in to help firefighters during the fight to save the house.

Photo by April Walker

A local family was displaced after their home on North Mount in Fairfield went up in flames around 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, with firefighters battling the blaze for more than seven hours. At 11:30 p.m. the fire was thought to be extinguished, but fire departments were called back at 3:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 9 because the fire reignited under a second story window.


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FVFD firemen honored at ceremony

Rich Schaufert (right) was awarded the Fire Officer of the Year award. He is pictured with FVFD Fire Chief Matt Foree.
Photo submitted by Matt Foree

Three volunteer firemen were awarded for their heroic efforts Saturday, Oct. 21, at Calvary Baptist Church. Awards were given to Rich Schaufert, Avery Aultman, and Chandler Baggerly. 5 Alarm Fronts and Leather Work created leather shields with the volunteers names as awards.

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No one injured in garage fire

A family's summer vacation was interrupted after a fire began in the garage behind their home on North Mount in Fairfield. No one was in the garage when the fire began. Melinda Peterson reported her daughter had just finished mowing and stowed the mower in the garage when they heard an explosion. What caused the fire has not been confirmed. Her husband, Jerry, was at his automotive repair shop, MAP Services, when the fire began. Fairfield and Teague fire departments arrived on the scene to put out the fire. Melinda also reported the garage held 4-wheelers and the lawn mower.

Photo by April Walker


4th graders enjoy Food for America

Fairfield fourth graders learned where their food comes from at the annual Food for America event held last week at the fairgrounds. Students learned facts about dairy products, watched a dairy cow be milked, toured an ambulance and a fire truck, learned about recycling, FFA and Young Farmers, and much more. While learning about snakes and alligators, the students were able to see and touch live snakes and a baby alligator. Volunteers from the community – including EMS, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and firefighters – donated their time to this yearly event sponsored by the Fairfield Young Farmers and FFA.

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