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Mt. Enterprise VFD defends house fire response time

RUSK COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

Thursday night we told you the story of the Mt. Enterprise home destroyed by a house fire earlier this week.

Residents made complaints about the community's low water pressure and the response time of the fire department.

The homeowner Lisa Harris told KTRE it took the Mt. Enterprise Volunteer Fire Department and hour to arrive on scene.

Friday firefighter Tim Wheat showed us the report log showing that crews were called at 5:20p.m. and arrived to the scene at 5:42 p.m.

Wheat said the department responded to the scene with three trucks and crews from Timpson and Henderson were also on scene.

But despite their best efforts the home is unlivable.

"The likely hood of saving a wood frame home like that is slim to none. As a matter of the time issue our response time is within the national average of seven to ten minutes for a volunteer fire department," said Wheat.

Wheat says it took 3000 gallons of water to extinguish the fire.

 About the water pressure issue we spoke with Mt. Enterprise water supply representative John Henry, he said that community is 10 miles from the city coverage area and there are two closer water systems to the community.

 We attempted to contact Minden Water Supply and Arlam Concord Water Supply but they did not return our phone calls.

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