Firefighters douse blaze in living room
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Jan. 9, 2006 - The quick actions of Hopkins County and North Hopkins firefighters, assisted by Sulphur Springs firemen, prevented a fire from completely destroying a Highway 19 north residence Monday morning, according to Hopkins County Fire Chief Carl Nix.

The cause of the fire is unknown, pending investigation later this week by Hopkins County Fire Investigator Steve Caudle.

Hopkins County and North Hopkins firefighters were initially dispatched to a report of a downed power line on State Highway 19 north at County Road 4760, causing a traffic hazard. When fire crews pulled up to the scene, they noticed smoke coming out of the house on the west side of the highway.

Sulphur Springs Fire Department was contacted to send an engine company to provide mutual aid in battling the blaze. Firefighters, after assessing the situation, forced entry into the residence through a front door, where the fire was found in the front living room. 

The fire was contained in the living room and quickly extinguished. The living room was the only room burned, but the remainder of the house was smoke damaged, according to Nix.

Hopkins County Salvation Army representatives spoke with home owner Angela Sancho around noon regarding her needs, as well as that of her husband, Victor, and their son, Roger. Clothing and monetary donations to assist Sanchos may be left at Salvation Army headquarters inside The Bait Shop on South Broadway Street. Clothing sizes need include ladies size 12 pants and extra large shirts, and men’s size 34x36 pants, extra large shirts and size 13 shoes. Donations may also be made by calling HCSA Chairman Jo Marie Neal at 903-885-9858.

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