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Victorian home in Fort Worth catches fire

Posted on September 29th, 2010 No Comments

Early last Friday morning, a Victorian home in Fort Worth caught fire.  Firefighters responded to the scene at 2001 Queen St. at around 12:45 AM.  The home’s owners had a couple house-sitting the home but they were not at the home at the time of the fire.  Tarrant County records show that the home was built in 1891 and neighbors told firefighters that the house was moved to its current location 30 years ago from Clarksville.

Firefighters are unsure of what started the fire but believe that the home’s construction helped the fire to spread.  Lt. Ric Neaves told reporters that modern homes’ wall interior have horizontal cross boards that prevent flames from rising.  However, because the home was so old  the walls did not have this feature and flames were able to spread to the top of the house quickly.

Investigators arrived on scene to try and determine the cause of the fire.  Experts estimate the damage to the house to be around $300,000.

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Round Rock home’s laundry room catches fire

Posted on September 15th, 2010 No Comments

Monday, firefighters responded to emergency calls about a fire in a Round Rock home’s laundry room.  The home is located at 9 Scenic Terrace in the Twin Ridge neighborhood.

Sixteen firefighters arrived at the home at 7:09 PM to find “smoke coming from the garage area and flames coming from the laundry room into the garage”.  The home’s residents were altered of the fire by the smoke detectors in their house and were able to evacuate without injuries.  Firefighters rescued two cats from the home and treated one by administering oxygen.

Investigators determined a mechanical malfunction in the home’s clothes dryer caused the fire.  Estimated damage is around $20,000.

If you or someone you know needs their home’s fire alarms inspected, contact the Austin fire alarm inspection specialists of Ace Fire Equipment at 512-835-2020 to learn more.

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Midland Home Destroyed by Fire

Posted on August 3rd, 2010 No Comments

A home in Midland, Texas was destroyed by fire Tuesday morning.

According to officials with the Midland Fire Department, crews responded to the 4900 block of Rustic Trail shortly after 3:00 a.m. Tuesday. Investigators say the blaze possibly started in a roll-off dumpster in front of the house, which was under construction.

Witnesses in the neighborhood reported hearing a large “boom” sound before the fire.

Crews on the scene said the fire was so hot, they were forced to soak a neighboring home and two fire trucks being used to battle the blaze to protect them from heat damage.

Thankfully, nobody was injured in the blaze.

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Motorized Wheelchair Suspected in Corpus Christi Fire

Posted on July 30th, 2010 No Comments

A motorized wheelchair may have been the cause of a house fire in Corpus Christi that displaced a family of four earlier this month.

According to officials with the Corpus Christi Fire Department, the fire occurred on July 19 after a motorized wheelchair began making popping noises. The fire spread through out the living room of the house. Two adults and two teens were able to make it out of the home safely.

Motorized wheelchair fires are not uncommon. In 2000, Invacare Corp. issued a massive recall of motorized wheelchairs because of fires caused by a short-circuit of the chairs battery-charger wiring harness. The recall involved 215,000 motorized wheelchairs.

The manufacturer of the motorized wheelchair involved in the Corpus Christi fire has not been named.

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Tire Shop Fire in Dalhart

Posted on July 22nd, 2010 No Comments

Firefighters battled a fire at a tire shop in Dalhart Monday night.

According to officials with the Dalhart Fire Department, the Dalhart Consumers Fuel Association on Highway 287 caught fire shortly after 7:30. When firefighters arrived at the scene the tire shop was engulfed in flames and smoke. The office received heavy smoke damage.

The fire appeared to be under control by Tuesday morning, but the Dalhart Fire Department is still monitoring the site. A dollar amount of the damage caused is not yet known.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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Fire in Home of Elderly Man Proves Necessity of Operational Smoke Alarm

Posted on July 16th, 2010 No Comments

As an elderly man slipped into a peaceful sleep, a spark in his attic ignited the insulation. All the while, as the flames consumed his attic, the man slept. Once the first sign of smoke crept into the master bedroom, his alarm went off. He woke immediately and had just enough time to call 9-1-1 and escape from his house.

The Dallas Morning News reports that the house and most of its belongings were lost, but one thing remained intact, a human life. You can often replace the loss of property, but never the loss of life,” reports The Dallas Morning News.

According to The Dallas Morning News, “Roughly 500 men, women and children will die in home or apartment fires in the United States this year.” Get your smoke alarm installed or inspected today. Call 512-835-2020 to have Ace Fire Equipment install/inspect your fire alarm today.