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Trailer Fire at Linda's Kitchen

Four Lexington Volunteer Fire Department trucks responded to a fire shortly before 11:30 Wednesday morning, August 3. Firefighters from three of the trucks fought the blaze, while a fourth truck was at the site on standby.
Chris Poole, from Hawkins, Texas, was driving through Lexington Wednesday morning in a late model Chevrolet dually pickup truck pulling a flatbed trailer loaded with oilfield equipment. Poole noticed that one tire on his trailer was low, so he pulled off Highway 77 at the building that once housed Linda’s Kitchen. He pulled into the parking lot of the old restaurant and called a service company to bring a tire to his location so that it could be changed. He intended to just stay there and wait on the delivery.
He got out of the truck after making the call and walked to the trailer to take inventory of the tire when he noticed that it was on fire. He quickly separated the dually pickup from the trailer and used two fire extinguishers to try and put out the blaze, but was unsuccessful.
The fire was consuming the trailer and had traveled into the grass on the edge of the highway when the fire department arrived. Lexington firefighters quickly put the fire out, but ran into some trouble extinguishing some of the fire due to the nature of some  chemicals on the trailer used in well fracing. Apparently, Poole had cargo that consisted of a gel mixed with mineral oil. The combination caused the fire to spread when firefighters doused it with water. The firefighters immediately stopped putting water on the cargo and suffocated the fire with their fire retardant foam.
More than 8 Lexington volunteer firefighters helped to battle the blaze. The trailer was a total loss. There were no injuries. Poole was on his way to a jobsite for Pro-Stim Services, an oilfield service company out of Longview.

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