FERRIS – Area fire departments responded to a structure fire at 9:05 p.m. Tuesday in the 1500 block of Wolfsprings Road.
“The structure was a barn that had some rooms upstairs where people lived. There was one person inside the room and he smelled smoke and he found smoke between the bedroom wall and a bathroom wall. By the time they got water on it, it had gotten out of control so they backed out and called 911,” Ferris Fire Chief Eddie Duran said
“When we got there, there were already flames shooting through the roof,” he said. “There were explosions going off inside from the fuel tanks and the propane. They had some propane bottles inside and some oxygen and acetylene tanks.”
While the second floor of the metal barn was used as a residence, the bottom was used to store equipment, Duran said, noting there also was a large propane tank outside of the building that was in danger of catching on fire.
Mutual aid was received from Dallas County Fire and Rescue, Combine Fire Department and Wilmer Fire Department, with water shuttling operations conducted with tankers from Dallas County, Wilmer and Ferris. The shuttle operations provided a constant supply of water throughout the call since there were no fire hydrants in the area, Duran said.
Oncor was called out to shut the power off from the building and power that ran to a residence next to the building had to be rerouted. The American Red Cross also was called to the scene to provide assistance. No injures were reported from firefighters or residents.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Dallas County Fire Marshal’s Office.
Units cleared the scene at 11:47 p.m.
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