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.
Two county hunt ends in
A man was arrested Thursday on charges of unlawful restraint and assault of a woman.
According to the Parker County Sheriff’s Office, dispatchers received an open 911 call Thursday where a female sounded as if she was possibly assaulted and in distress. The call was interrupted, and deputies who searched the area of F.M. 730 for the traveling disturbance were unable to locate the vehicle.
Later, shortly before 4 p.m., Parker County authorities were notified of an attempt to locate a black Kia Forte by North Richland Hills, possibly in the area of F.M. 1886 and Ridgeview Drive.
Deputies found the car in the area of 100 block of Grace Lane and F.M. 730 and identified a man and woman inside, according to the sheriff’s office.
The 21-year-old woman told deputies that the driver, identified as 25-year-old Cirilo Anthony Cisneros, punched her multiple times and that she was in fear for her life, according to the probable cause affidavit.
Cisneros was arrested on charge of assault causing bodily injury to a family member and a parole violation warrant.
Cisneros was also charged with unlawful restraint by North Richland Hills police, as well as assault causing bodily injury to a family member with a previous conviction, according to jail records.
He was being held without bond in the Parker County Jail as of Monday.