By CHRISTIN COYNE
PARKER COUNTY — Four people were reportedly displaced Sunday afternoon in a 3-alarm blaze south of Azle that had many area fire departments hard at work for hours.
Firefighters from nine departments, including Silver Creek, La Junta, Springtown, Aledo, Central, Azle, Reno, Briar and Lake Worth, responded shortly after noon to extinguish a fire that destroyed an approximately 1,800-square-foot, two-story home on Mill Creek Court.
A husband and wife were reportedly home at the time and were able to get out of the house and call for help.
The house was well-involved when firefighters arrived on scene, according to ESD No. 1 Chief Eric Vinson, who said firefighters who entered the house and attempted to fight the fire on the second floor were driven back by the heat and smoke.
“Attic fires are one of the most difficult ones because they are so difficult to put out,” Vinson said.
The firefighters also faced other difficulties.
The home was located at the back of the property off a narrow road and firefighters had problems accessing it, Vinson said.
The additional departments helped provide support, including water, as the home was located in an area without fire hydrants.
The weather also didn’t make things any easier.
“It was hot,” Vinson said.
The Parker County Red Cross responded to provide assistance to the firefighters as well as the family.
Firefighters, who were on scene all afternoon and well into the evening, were able to save the bottom floors of the structure from the fire, but Vinson said he expects the house to be a total loss due to extent of the water and smoke damage.
The Democrat was unable to obtain information on the cause of the fire from the Parker County Fire Marshal’s office Monday.
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