RED OAK — No Injuries were reported from a fire that consumed a vacant building on Sunday, Dec. 25.
Units were dispatched to the 100 block of Pierce Road at 8:15 p.m.
Red Oak Fire Chief Eric Thompson said upon arrival firefighters had fire coming out of every window. Five minutes into fighting the fire, fire was coming through the roof.
“This was a defensive operation due to the fire load and our policy on fire operations in vacant structures,” Thompson said. “After the fire was knocked down primary and secondary searches were conducted and all clear. There were no reported injuries.”
Providing mutual aid at the scene were members of the Waxahachie and Lancaster fire departments. The Ovilla Fire Department provided fill-in service at central station to handle incoming calls while responders were at the scene.
Members of the Red Oak Police Department provided traffic control and shut down Highway 342 while emergency personnel worked the scene.
At the time of the fire no utilities were hooked up to the building. The structure is considered to be a total loss.
The fire is considered suspicious in nature and is under investigation by the Red Oak Fire Department. Units cleared the scene at 10:15 a.m.
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