Fire destroys Harry home on SH 19
Cause of blaze under investigation
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Jan. 30, 2006 -- A fire destroyed a State Highway 19 south residence early Sunday morning, leaving only the walls of the two-story residence standing, according to fire reports.

No one was injured as the Monty Harry family was reportedly out of town  overnight Saturday. The investigation into the cause of the blaze remained ongoing, Hopkins County Fire Investigator Steve Caudle said late Monday morning.

Hopkins County Sheriff's Deputy Tanner Crump discovered the fire at 3687 SH 19 south while  on routine patrol in the area early Sunday morning, according to  reports. He noted flames in the residence at 2:54 a.m. Sunday.

Arbala, Miller Grove and Cumby volunteer firefighters were dispatched to the location, where they reported flames consuming at least two whole sides of the two-story house.

Brinker Volunteer Fire Department was contacted to provide water support with the VFD's tanker truck.

The rest of the house quickly became engulfed in flames, despite firefighters' efforts to knock down and contain the fire. 

Owner Monty Harry was reportedly away in Houston when the fire occurred. Authorities had to track him down to notify him of the blaze.

The whole interior living area of the structure was destroyed by the early morning blaze. All that was left of the charred residence when firefighters cleared up just before 6:30 a.m. Sunday were the garage walls, Caudle said.

Sheriff's deputies assisted firefighters at the location until just after 5 a.m. Sunday with traffic control. Hopkins County's fire chief and fire investigator, assisted by Hopkins County firefighters and Precinct 1 workers, worked though the early afternoon Sunday and are slated to examine the house again later this week to try to determine the exact cause of the fire, according to reports. 

Hopkins County sheriff's deputies and troopers also assisted with directing traffic along SH 19 during the early morning blaze.

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