RED OAK

There were no injuries after a fire broke out in a Red Oak residence on Tuesday afternoon, but early reports found over $60,000 in damages.

Crews were dispatched at 1:39 p.m. to the 2400 block of Bells Chapel Road between Pecan Hill and Rockett to a reported structure fire.

“The communication center received several calls of reports of smoke and fire being visible from multiple callers,” Red Oak Fire Chief Eric Thompson said. “Upon arrival, the initial engine company found a mobile home well-involved with heavy smoke and visible flames from multiple windows.”

Thompson explained that, due to the volume of fire, crews performed a transitional fire attack. This strategy is a coordinated, defensive attack until the bulk of the fire is reduced to allow fire crews an opportunity to transition into an offensive operation.

“While crews are attacking the fire defensively, other crews are setting up for an interior operation and ready for a reset of the operational mode,” Thompson stated. “Once the attack mode is reset crews are able to make an interior attack with a reduced risk.”

The fire was brought under control in about 30 minutes. Providing assistance on the call were members of the Waxahachie and Ovilla Fire Departments. Glenn Heights firefighters answered emergency calls for Red Oak. Navarro County Electrical Coop responded to assist with securing the electricity.

The two residents were not at home at the time of the fire. Units cleared the scene and returned to the station at about 3:30 p.m.

Ellis County Fire Marshal Tim Birdwell stated the cause of the fire has not been determined at this time. Property damage and content loss are estimated at $60,000.