Weatherford Democrat

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July 26, 2011

Firefighters battle blaze in 108-degree heat

WEATHERFORD — Three people were displaced Monday evening after a fire destroyed a mobile home in the 2400 block of Fort Worth Highway.

Firefighters from Weatherford, Hudson Oaks, Aledo, Willow Park and Greenwood fire departments responded to the blaze late afternoon, as temperatures reached 108 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

Alex Calderon said the family had just left his brother’s, Richard Calderon’s, house behind the paint and body shop on the west end of Weatherford to visit their mother in the hospital.

After arriving at the hospital, they reportedly received a call saying the house was burning down.

It’s the second time Calderon has had a home burn down, his brother said.

Frank and Marina Woody were in their office on the neighboring property when the fire broke out.

“We were sitting in here hearing a popping noise,” Marina Woody said. Then they heard sirens and came out to see black smoke and flames coming from roof of the home.

The family sat and stood in the shade of the business as firefighters sprayed the house Monday afternoon.  

Children’s toys and bicycles were scattered across the yard.

Weatherford Fire Marshal Bob Hopkins said they believe the fire started as a result of an electrical issue.

Investigators were told a window air-conditioning unit was running in the living room, according to Hopkins.

The unit reportedly had a spliced wire with wet paper wrapped around it, Hopkins said.

“The thing overheated, naturally, and burned through the floor and up,” Hopkins said.

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