RED OAK – A raging structure fire displaced three residents on Monday night. Firefighters were dispatched to the 100 block of Lassetter Drive at 10:05 p.m.  Monday.

“The call came out that the bathroom was on fire. When the initial engine showed up there was smoke coming out of the south side of the house,” Red Oak Fire Chief Eric Thompson said. “Crews went inside and found heavy fire in the attic space. About half of the attic was involved. They had difficulties getting access because the ceilings were vaulted.”

As conditions worsened inside firefighters were pulled out of the structure and fought the fire from the outside.

Once conditions improved and more of the fire was knocked down firefighters were sent back inside. Crews were able to get the fire under control in about an hour.

Thompson said when firefighters arrived on scene the residents were already out of the house. The smoke detector installed in the home alerted them to the danger of the fire. The American Red Cross responded to the scene to provide assistance to the residents.

A Glenn Heights firefighter was injured as a result of falling debris. The firefighter was treated for a dislocated shoulder and released at the scene. Providing assistance on the call were members of the Waxahachie, Lancaster, Ovilla and Glenn Heights fire departments.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Ellis County Fire Marshal Joe Stewart and Red Oak Fire Marshal Tim Birdwell both stated.

Units cleared the scene at 2 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

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