Ovilla – An early morning fire displaced five Ovilla residents from their home Wednesday, Jan. 1. The fire began about 1:43 a.m. New Year's Day in the 3900 block of Stonewood Circle.
“We were called as well as Midlothian on a structure fire on Stonewood Circle. The fire was in the garage and the fire crews attempted to put it out. In the process, the fire breached the attic,” Ovilla Fire Chief Phillip Brancato said. “Once it reached the attic, it ran the length of the attic and burnt the roof off of the house. It then went to three alarms.”
Brancato said the residents were able to escape the fire and were outside of the structure when firefighters arrived on scene. The homeowner advised emergency responders that no one was in the house. Fire crews fought the fire defensively from the outside of the structure. The Waxahachie Fire Department’s ladder truck was requested to fight the fire burning in the attic and through the roof.
Also providing assistance on the call were members of the Glenn Heights, Red Oak and DeSoto Fire Departments. Members of the American Red Cross were called out to provide assistance to the residents.
The fire was brought under control at 2:45 a.m. Ovilla and Midlothian had units on scene until 8 a.m. to extinguish an remaining hot spots. Ovilla Fire Department performed several checks throughout the day to make sure the fire did not reignite.
One resident was treated at the scene for minor injuries and released.
Ellis County Fire Marshal Joe Stewart said the cause of the fire is currently under investigation, but it was determined to be accidental in nature. Damage and property loss to the 4,500-square-foot structure is estimated at $600,000.