PALMER — A Monday afternoon fire has left multiple Palmer residents uprooted just before the holidays.
According to Palmer Assistant Fire Chief Ricky McElhaney, first responders from around the area received the call of a possible structure fire at about 2 p.m. on Gibson Road. He also noted that when fire crews arrived on the scene, they found smoke showing from underneath the mobile home.
“Kevin Rhodes (Palmer Fire Chief) was on scene first he went ahead and called mutual aid from Waxahachie and Red Oak, and we started to look for the seat of the fire. We got a chainsaw and cut into the wall on the backside and found where it was burning,” McElhaney said. "Once we found the seat of the fire we got it put out no problem.”
McElhaney said one difficulty with the call was the wind, which made it challenging for crews to locate the fire.
During the call, firefighters pulled the electrical meter from the structure, and no injuries were reported from firefighters working the call or from the resident. While the cause of the fire is under investigation by Ellis County Fire Marshal Tim Birdwell, property damage is estimated between $3,000—4,000.
According to Holly Wafer, daughter-in-law of Monday's fire victims, a GoFundMe page has been established for the family. All proceeds raised are for repairs to the home.
Units cleared the scene and returned to the station at about 4 p.m.
*It was previously reported that one resident lived in the mobile home. The family has since reached out to confirm that there are additional residents. A GoFundMe URL was also added after original publication.
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