Rockdale Road fire causes up to $250K damage at home

SSFD investigator trying to determine cause of the blaze

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

Oct. 30, 2008 - A house fire on Rockdale Road Wednesday night caused as much as $250,000 in damages, fire officials estimate. No one was injured, however.

The home in the 900 block of Rockdale was reported at 9:33 p.m. A resident on Reservoir Street smelled the smoke, and drove down Camp Street looking for the source. From there, he saw a glow in the night and proceeded down Rockdale Road, calling for help when he saw fire coming from the roof.

"That's basically what our guys saw when they arrived on the scene," said Sulphur Springs Fire Chief Gerry Cleaver. "They were there pretty quickly, within four minutes."

That section of Rockdale Road is currently under construction, presenting some problems for firemen as they tried to lay down hoses around the concrete forms protruding from the roadway.

"It wasn't that bad, but it was something we had to be cautious about in the dark," Cleaver explained.

Firemen were on the scene battling the blaze until 2:12 a.m. They were assisted by Hopking County firemen, and at one point Cumby Volunteer Fire Department was called on for assistance.

The fire was mostly in the attic, Cleaver said, and firemen were able to confine the flames to that area. Still, the roof was lost, and the house sustained heavy smoke and water damage, as well as collateral damage from the necessary fire control measures firemen had to take.

Cleaver said the loss to the structure and contents is estimated at anywhere from $200,000 to $250,000. While not a new structure, it was an impressive abode, the fire chief said.

"It was a beautiful, beautiful home," he said.

If there is any silver lining in this dark cloud it is that no one was hurt. The residents were away at the time.

Fire trucks had to return to the scene this morning to put out hot spots that rekindled, and a fire investigator was also there today.

"There area of origin we believe to be in the attic, but it's still under investigation to determine the cause," Cleaver said.

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