RED OAK — The American Red Cross is assisting a family of five that were displaced from their home as a result of a structure fire on Monday morning.

Firefighters responded to the 500 block of Timberland Drive after seeing smoke from their station on Pierce Road at about 10 a.m.

“I guess it was a little bit before 10 this morning. We were at station two and we saw a whole lot of thick black smoke. We had not received any calls so we called dispatch and they said they had not received any calls about a fire,” said Eric Thompson, Red Oak Fire Chief. “I sent an engine and a brush truck out for a smoke investigation. Upon their arrival they pulled up and saw a house with heavy smoke and fire showing out of it. We had heavy fire conditions coming out of the roof and front porch area.”

Thompson said the resident was across the street at a neighbor’s house at the time of the fire and was notified from a second neighbor.

TXU Energy was contacted to come out to the scene and handle a live power line that was on the ground, the chief said. 

Firefighters cut the power to the breaker box in the home, which made the area safe for firefighters to work and it also cut the power to the downed power line.

Thompson said the area was cornered offed and monitored by a safety officer with the fire department until it could be secured by TXU.

Mutual aid was received at the scene from members of the Waxahachie, Lancaster and Ovilla fire departments. An Ovilla firefighter was transported to a local hospital for stitches due to a laceration to his finger. As of press time the current condition of the firefighter is not known.  The cause of the fire still under investigation at this time. Units cleared the scene at 1:45 p.m.

Contact Andrew at or 469-517-1451.