Fires claim two homes
By Randy Bruce
Two homes in the Mead and Durant areas burned Sunday and Monday.
Durant Fire Department was dispatched to 185 Roberts Lane in Durant at approximately 4:45 a.m. Monday where a house was on fire.
According to a department report, the house was fully engulfed by the time fire trucks arrived. No fire hydrant was near so firefighters hauled water until Calera Fire-Rescue arrived with two tanker trucks.
Dennis Roberts, the homeowner, said his dogs began barking and woke him up, and he then saw the fire.
Roberts told firefighters that he attempted to put the flames out himself but there was too much smoke, so he got his wife and they left the house.
The house was a total loss.
Durant Fire Marshal Wade Boyd and an investigator with the State Fire Marshal’s Office will be investigating the cause of the fire today.
Lakewood Volunteer Fire Department and West Bryan County Volunteer Fire Department were dispatched at approximately 6:45 a.m. Sunday to a mobile home fire in the 4200 block of Church Road in the Mead area.
According to Lakewood VFD, the home was a total loss and one occupant was treated at the hospital for burns and a cut hand. The State Fire Marshal’s Office was notified to investigate the fire which originated from burning wood in a barrel inside the residence.
Firefighters were dispatched again at 5:16 that evening when the fire rekindled.
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