By CHRISTIN COYNE
PARKER COUNTY – A Parker County family managed to escape their burning mobile home early Wednesday morning thanks to a working smoke detector.
The family of five, who were in a single-wide mobile home in the 1000 block of Ballard Road in far northeast Parker County, heard the alarm going off and evacuated the house when they saw smoke coming from the area of the laundry room, according to Parker County Fire Marshal Shawn Scott.
“If there is a silver lining, smoke detectors save lives,” Scott said.
However, despite the efforts of firefighters, the house was destroyed.
Firefighters from ESD No. 1 and Azle had difficulty accessing the fire off a long unmaintained driveway that required four-wheel drive, according to Scott.
“We could not get engines to the house,” Scott said.
Firefighters extinguished the blaze with trucks designed to fight brush fires.
The fire engine responding to the structure fire call could not make it to the house and had to back off and call for brush trucks to help.
“It resulted in a bad incident and the family losing everything,” Scott said.
Investigators were unable to determine the cause and origin of the fire because of the extent of the damage, according to Scott.
“[It] went to the ground,” Scott said. “I mean absolutely nothing left.”