Grape Creek volunteer firefighters responding to a major motor vehicle crash on FM 2105 were dispatched from the scene to battle a structure fire at 3381 FM 2105. Shortly after 8 a.m., a passer-by notified the GCVFD of a fire nearby.
“Upon arrival of our unit, Engine 97, we found a single structure fully involved.” GCVFD Public Information Officer Jered Thomason said. “Flames coming from the side of the house.”
Thomason said that flames were attempted to be extinguished with the hose lines from Engine 97. Units from Quail Valley, Carlsbad, Water Valley, East Concho and Wall volunteer fire departments were dispatched to the scene for tanker support, having been called to provide more water.
The fire was on the east side of the home when firefighters arrived on scene, but quickly spread to the west side of the home.
“Underneath the carport, there was a vehicle.” Thomason said. “Inside the living room was a motorcycle. There are a lot of unknown explosions right now, we don’t know what’s causing those explosions. They were popping off pretty frequently.”
No one was at home at the time of the fire, Thomason said. The homeowners were in town and came back to the home shortly after firefighters arrived, he said.
At 10:30 a.m., firefighters were still working to contain the fire. It was approximately 80 percent contained, but there were still hot spots. After the hot spots are contained, Thomason said they will go through the salvage and overhaul, mopping up all the hot spots before units leave the scene.
He expected the crews would continue working at least two to three more hours.
Thomason estimated more than 20,000 gallons of water had been used by 10:30 a.m. attempting to extinguish the flames.
A San Angelo Fire Department ambulance was called to the scene for one of the firefighters, who refused service.
The home is a total loss, Thomason said.
The Red Cross were dispatched to the scene to assist the homeowners with immediate needs.
The Tom Green County Sheriff’s Department will investigate the cause of the fire.