RED OAK – Fire completely destroyed a residence Tuesday night in the 1200 block of Tater Brown Road.

The American Red Cross was dispatched to work with the displaced residents – two adults and three children – who were home at the time of the fire.

“When we first arrived on the scene, there was heavy smoke and fire showing from the structure,” Red Oak Fire and Rescue Capt. Jorge Guerrero said of the fire, reported at 7:30 p.m.

“Currently, the cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Ellis County Fire Marshal’s Office,” he said.

Called out to assist on mutual aid were the Ovilla, Ferris, and Glenn Heights fire departments. Also at the scene were Ellis County sheriff’s deputies, who directed traffic, and Oncor Electric, which cut power to the residence.

It took firefighters four hours to contain and extinguish the fire. No injuries were reported by the crews working the scene or the residents.

“Since the structure was in such a rural area it posed no danger and did no damage to neighboring structures,” Guerrero said. “The structure is considered to be a total loss.”

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