|Martin Springs farm house damaged in blaze|
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
Nov. 22, 2005 -- Officials are still investigating the cause of a blaze which destroyed a County Road 2301 farm house just before noon Monday.
Firefighters' quick response was credited with saving the structure, with damage limited to the kitchen and attic area.
The fire was called in from another CR 2301 residence at 11:16 a.m. Monday. The caller told dispatchers that smoke could be seen coming from the house, but no flames were visible.
Hopkins County, Brinker, Arbala and Como fire crews responded, with Sulphur Springs firemen providing mutual aid. When fire crews arrived, heavy smoke was pouring out of the house. Firefighters entered through the back door and tracked the smoke to the kitchen, where the smoke became more dense. The fire in the kitchen was extinguished and firefighters continued following its path into the attic. By 11:52 a.m., the fire was under control. Firemen remained at the scene until nearly 1 p.m. checking for hot spots in the ceiling and walls.
Damage at the Martin Springs farm house was limited to the kitchen and attic, and the house can be rebuilt as the walls and roof are still intact and the other rooms relatively undamaged.
The property, located on CR 2301 about 1 mile off of State Highway 11 east, is owned by the Rev. Woodrow Kirby. There was no electric service leading into the house, which was last occupied a month ago.
Hopkins County Fire Investigator Steve Caudle is slated to conduct a thorough inspection of the house over the next week to determine the cause of the blaze.