Several fire departments responded Sunday afternoon to a report of a barn on fire in the 700 block of Mach Road off of Walker Creek Road.

“The resident heard a noise and went outside and found the barn on fire. She then went back inside and called 911. She tried to put it out with a garden hose but was unsuccessful because there was too much fire and smoke,” said Jim Pharr, investigator with the Ellis County Fire Marshal’s office, noting the call to dispatch was at about 4 p.m.

“When the Alma Fire Department arrived it was fully involved,” he said.

Sheriff’s office dispatch reports indicate the fire started in a barn used for refinishing furniture, with the flames spreading toward two wood frame homes and a trailer house. Also responding to the fire were members of the Telico, Bardwell, Central High and Garrett City fire departments, with sheriff’s deputies conducting traffic control.

Navarro County Electric Cooperative was dispatched to handle downed electrical lines, with the American Red Cross also dispatched to the scene.

Firefighters fought the fire defensively to keep the fire contained and from spreading, Pharr said, saying the barn was considered a total loss with minor heat damage reported on a residential structure. No injuries were reported by residents or firefighters.

As of press time Monday, the cause of the fire was undetermined. Units cleared the scene at about 8 p.m.

Fire on Grainery Road

On Saturday, firefighters were dispatched at 3:28 p.m. to a structure fire in the 300 block of Grainery Road.

Pharr said the former residential structure originally burnt in 2007 and just parts of the unoccupied structure remained.

According to sheriff’s dispatch reports, several motorists traveling on Interstate 35E called to advise there was a structure fire visible from the highway on the west side of the road. Responding to the scene was Emergency Service District No. 6 Volunteer Fire Department.

Firefighters fought the fire defensively to keep it from spreading to other areas, Pharr said.

The cause of the fire was undetermined as of press time Monday.

Units cleared the scene at 7 p.m.

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