MAYPEARL – Four residents were displaced from their home due to a structure fire Saturday evening in the 200 block of South Oak Branch Road. Firefighters were dispatched at about 5:20 p.m.
Maypearl Fire Chief Trey Moon said firefighters arrived to find a two-story structure fully involved in flames, which also had started a grass fire behind the structure. At the time of the fire, none of the residents were home.
Firefighters were able to save two storage buildings with minimal damage that were threatened by the grass fire. The residence was a total loss, he said, noting that no fire hydrants were located near the structure so water tanker shuttle operations were conducted. The nearest hydrant was located three quarters of a mile away on North Oak Branch Road.
Another difficulty firefighters faced was the high temperature, which reached 104 degrees Fahrenheit on Saturday. One firefighter with ESD No. 6 transported to Baylor Medical Center at Waxahachie with a heat-related issue was treated and released.
Providing mutual aid at the scene were members of the Ovilla, Forreston, Italy and Emergency Service No. 6 District fire departments. Members of the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office and the Maypearl Police Department provided traffic control.
Oncor was called out to disconnect the power lines from the structure. Also responding to the scene were members of East Texas EMS and the American Red Cross, which provided assistance for the displaced residents.
Units cleared the scene at 11 p.m.
The cause of the fire remains pending investigation by the county fire marshal’s office.
Moon expressed his appreciation to everyone who assisted on the call and to the members of the community who brought out water to the firefighters at the scene.
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