MIDLOTHIAN – A Saturday morning fire in Midlothian was caught in the nick of time by a neighbor, probably saving a house from being destroyed by flames.

Kristi Evans was delivering a magazine to her friend’s home at the intersection of Farm-to-Market 1387 and Midlothian Parkway when she noticed smoke and then flames.

“I pulled into the driveway and noticed a little wisp of smoke and then a lot of black smoke and flames,” Evans said. “Then I ran up the side of the house and I ran to the door and started banging on it to get everyone out of the house.”

The occupant of the home, Randy Shultz, was not there.

“I didn’t know they weren’t there and pushed open a door but was afraid to go in,” Evans said. “I ended up calling them on the phone and telling them their house was on fire.”

The Midlothian Fire Department responded to the fire at 1551 FM 1387 at 11:53 a.m. with two pumper trucks, a rescue vehicle and an ambulance.

The fire was quickly extinguished and firefighters began pulling away the white vinyl siding and wood clapboard underneath.

“We aren’t exactly sure how it started, but we do know it started on the outside,” said Midlothian Fire Chief David Schrodt. “We have been told the family sometimes has little campfires outside the house and the fire started on a tree stump near the backdoor.”

Schrodt felt the fire might have ignited a large plastic toy truck near the stump and that provided the bridge for the flames to get to the house.

“I do know we were lucky the fire was spotted and reported when it was,” Schrodt said. “It’s a wood-frame house, we got a strong wind this morning, it could have been a lot worse.”

Schrodt said the only problem firefighters encountered was heavy traffic at the four-lane intersection of FM 1387 and Midlothian Parkway.

The Midlothian fire marshal was called in to investigation the cause of the fire.

Ennis home

damaged by fire

ENNIS – Early Friday morning a structure fire was reported in the 700 block of McKinney St. Firefighters and residents reported no injures from a fire that took about an hour to extinguish.

“The residence was a single story brick and wood framed structure. We had around 11 firefighters working the scene at this morning’s fire,” Ennis Fire Chief David Hopkins said.

“Firefighters were able to contain the fire within minutes of arriving. The home is worth about $60,000 and I would say that there was $25,000 worth of damage done to it,” he aid.

Units were dispatched to the scene at 3:20 a.m., with no mutual aid needed from other departments. Also responding to the scene were members from the Ennis Police Department and East Texas EMS, with the American Red Cross called in to help the displaced residents.

Vehicle sparks blaze in Red Oak

RED OAK – A vehicle inside an attached garage caught on fire early Friday morning, with Red Oak Fire and Rescue units dispatched to the call at 7 in the 200 block of Rose Garden Way.

“There was actually little damage done to the house itself apart from smoke and water damage that was caused by the vehicle fire,” fire Capt. Kyle Taylor said.

“A short while after the fire was extinguished, a wrecker was called out to the scene to remove the vehicle from the garage,” he said. “We are thinking that it was some type of mechanical failure that started the fire. ”

The vehicle that caught fire was a Ford Escape and investigators continue to look into the exact cause of the fire. No injures were reported by firefighters or residents at the scene. The homeowner reported the fire to dispatchers, with units clearing the scene at 8:15 a.m.

Daily Light reporter Andrew Branca contributed to this report.

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