A fire just south of Ovilla at the 8400 block of Glenn Eagles Drive called for response from Midlothian, Red Oak, Waxahachie and Ovilla Fire Departments Monday evening.
The call came in around 10 p.m., Ovilla fire chief Donnie Pickard said. Upon arrival of the fire departments, the single-story home was fully involved.
“The fire was through the roof. Most of the heavy fire was over the garage. The entire attic space was charged with smoke and fire,” Pickard said.
He added that there were people in the home at the time the fire started, but that no injuries were reported.
“From what we understand, the house had been sold Monday at 4:30 p.m. and that one family was moving in and one family was moving out that day,” Pickard said. “You can imagine how much stuff was in that house.”
The home sustained considerable damage in the attic space and roof, with the entire home sustaining water damage.
“The top attic area is burned off the home. The rest of the home sustained water damage. When you put water on top it runs down to the bottom,” Pickard said.
With over 20 firefighters on the scene from various agencies, Pickard said they could’ve used more firefighters.
“We needed twice as many as we had. We had about 23 on the scene and we could’ve used that many more,” Pickard said.
The firefighters cleared the scene at 5 a.m. A cause is not known and is under investigation by Ellis County fire investigator Jim Pharr. Pickard estimates a total loss between $300,000-400,000.