FERRIS Residents were able to escape injury from a structure fire that took place in the early morning hours on Thursday. Firefighters from around the area responded to the fire at 4 a.m. located in the 2400 block of Farm-to-Market Road 780.

Ellis County Fire Marshal Joe Stewart said the fire appeared to have started on the backside of the residence near the fireplace. Providing assistance on the call were members of the Bristol, Palmer and Red Oak Fire Department. The fire remains under investigation at this time, but Stewart determined it to be accidental in nature.