House in Peerless destroyed by fire

Third structure fire in as many days for county department

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

Oct. 31, 2008 - A Peerless home was destroyed by fire Thursday night, marking the third structure fire county firemen have battled in as many days. The American Red Cross was contacted to assist the family, which includes children, according to fire reports.

North Hopkins, Peerless and Hopkins County firefighters were dispatched at 6:33 p.m. Thursday to FM 71 west, along with sheriff's deputies and an ambulance crew. The one-story wooden frame structure was reported to be fully engulfed in flames upon their arrival. Cumby firefighters were requested for water support, and the Red Cross was called for the family. Brinker firemen sent a truck to the county fire station to stand by should any additional calls come in.

The firefighters were at the scene battling the blaze for several hours. Sheriff's deputies directed traffic away from the roadway to allow firefighters room to work.

No injuries were reported. Some family members were reported to have been at home at the time of the fire, but it was unclear which ones.

Firefighters were called back to the location midmorning Friday when part of the debris rekindled. Hopkins County Fire Investigator Steve Caudle was to go the site later this afternoon to try to determine the cause of the blaze.

The fire was the third in as many days that Hopkins County firemen had battled. They also responded to a trailer fire on County Road 1196 west in Arbala in the predawn hours Wednesday. The structure was reported to be vacant. HC firemen also assisted Sulphur Springs firemen at the blaze on Rockdale Road Wednesday night.

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