On March 4, Livingston County Sheriff Steve Cox and citizens in Wheeling helped save a home from being destroyed by fire.

According to a press release from Cox at about 4:40 p.m., Wednesday, March 4, he was on patrol in Wheeling when he noticed a fire burning in a ditch on South State Street had gotten out of control and started trash on fire next to a single-wide trailer. He then requested dispatch notify Wheeling Fire to respond, in the meantime It was determined no one was in the home at the time of the fire however there were multiple pets inside the residence.

“The burning trash had spread to the front deck and east side of the home when a citizen came with his tractor and front loader shoving the deck away from the home,” Cox said. “Had that person not jumped in and helped the structure would have most likely been a total loss.”

Wheeling Fire Department arrived shortly after the call and extinguished the blaze. The resident was notified and assistance was given in attempting to locate the pets.