For the second time in two nights, and for the third time last week, New Waverly Firefighters were summoned to fight a building fire and arrived within minutes, extinguishing the fire before major damage could occur.
Recent improvements, including around the clock staffing at the station, have enabled firefighters to arrive at an emergency incident 5 -10 minutes faster than in the past.
The crew on duty at the station was able to arrive and control the fire before additional crews arrived. The latest fire occurred Thursday night around 9:30 inside the education administration building at the Gulf Coast Trades Center.
NWVFD firefighters found heavy smoke coming from the building. Visibility was zero due to the thick smoke, but firefighters were able to locate a fire that was burning in a back office. The fire was quickly contained, while other crews began arriving on scene and worked to ventilate the smoke out of the building. The building housed the center’s computer network as well as other valuable contents, but none were damaged by the fire. The damage to the building was estimated at $10,000 dollars.
An investigation by a New Waverly VFD Arson Investigator revealed that the fire was intentionally set, and the Walker County Sheriff’s Office was notified and will be the lead agency in the investigation.