Rural home heavily damaged in Monday fire
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

June 27, 2006 - Fire heavily damaged the kitchen of a County Road 1164 residence and caused heavy smoke damage throughout the rest of the home Monday evening. Firefighters credited a neighbor's quick efforts with a garden hose with limiting the extent of damage.

Miller Grove, Arbala and Cumby firefighters were dispatched to the fire at 9:09 p.m. Monday after 911 dispatchers received a call from the property owner, who said he called after learning one of his houses was on fire.

Since most of Miller Grove's firefighters were in Sulphur Springs training at the Northeast Texas Regional Academy- Fire/EMS's drill field when the fire was reported, Brinker firefighters also responded with a tanker truck to assist Cumby and Arbala until Miller Grove could get on the scene.

Firefighters' response in reaching the location was delayed due to unclear directions regarding where exactly the house in question was actually located. 

"I believe it was one of the neighbors who broke a window out and had the fire mostly out when Arbala arrived on scene," Brinker Fire Chief Herb Scott said Tuesday morning. "There was a lot of confusion where the fire was at, what road, where it was located."

Arbala arrived first at the County Road 1164 house, reporting that smoke could be seen coming from the roof of the house. There was heavy smoke in the house. The fire was stopped in the kitchen, but smoke did cause damage throughout the house.

The fire was thought to have started under the kitchen sink. No one had lived in the structure for more than a month, but the electric utility service was still turned on. The fire is not thought to be suspicious, but an investigation will be conducted by Hopkins County Fire Investigator Steve Caudle to try to determine the exact cause.

Firefighters remained on the scene until 12:30 Tuesday morning, making sure the fire was completely out, the electricity was turned off by power company workers and to ensure there would be no hot spots or smoldering embers to rekindle later on.

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