RED OAK – No injuries were reported from a structure fire in the 800 block of Travis St. on Saturday. Units were dispatched to the scene at about 9:30 p.m.
“Neighbors came outside and saw the smoke coming from the adjacent residence, which was unoccupied. It was a vacant structure and (the owners) had just gone through remodeling it,” Red Oak Fire Chief Eric Thompson said.
“The initial crews saw heavy smoke coming from the structure,” he said. “The interior crew found that they had fire pretty much in the middle of the house that extended into a couple of rooms.”
Thompson said primary and secondary searches were conducted by firefighters and both turned up clear. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Red Oak fire marshal and Jim Pharr, investigator for the Ellis County Fire Marshal’s Office.
Oncor was called out and the electrical meter was pulled. The property did have a propane tank, which firefighters turned off. There was no issue with a water supply as a hydrant was located across the street.
Providing assistance at the scene were members of the Lancaster, Ovilla and Glenn Heights fire departments. The Waxahachie Fire Department filled in for Red Oak firefighters at their central fire station on Methodist Street. While filling in, Waxahachie responded to a grass fire call.
Thompson said the damage from the fire was limited to two rooms, with extensive smoke and heat damage throughout the structure. Units were on scene for about an hour and half before returning to the station.
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