Breckenridge Texan

UPDATE: Emergency crews respond to house fire this afternoon
September 05
20:52 2017

Breckenridge Police officer Bacel Cantrell assists the fire department in putting out the flames. (Courtesy photos)

The Breckenridge Fire Department battled a house fire in the 500 block of South Miller Street this afternoon (Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017).

Fire Chief Calvin Chaney said they received a call on the radio from a police officer reporting the structure fire.

When firefighters arrived on the scene, Chaney said, flames could be seen in the rear of the house. The back part of the house and porch suffered heavy damaged.

“When we got here the flames were already through the roof,” he said. “We made the initial attack and tried to keep it out of rest of the house, which we did.”

By late Tuesday evening firefighters could still be seen removing boards and using hoses to spray smoldering hot spots in the rear of the house.

Breckenridge firefighter Jeb Baxley works at the scene of a house fire Tuesday (Sept. 5) evening, putting out hotspots. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/ Breckenridge Texan)

Chaney said they were still in the mop-up phase of the operation and had not had been able to determine the cause of the fire yet. He said nobody was home when the fire started and there were no injuries.

“Nobody was here, and we haven’t been able to speak to the people yet,” he said.

Chaney said seven fire trucks and 12 firefighters responded to the call. He said they also received assistance from the police department and the local ambulance service.

“They were giving us drinking water, trying to keep the firemen cool,” he said.

Above, Breckenridge firefighters fight a house fire this afternoon (Tuesday, Sept. 5). Photo at top of page, Breckenridge Police officer Bacel Cantrell assists the fire department in putting out the flames. (Courtesy photos)

Chaney said a rough estimate of damages could easily be $12,000 -15,000.

 

Story by Tony Pilkington

Cutline, top photo: Breckenridge firefighters, from left, Jeb Baxley, Chad Skiles and Garrett Blake search through and underneath what’s left of a house, looking for hotspots, following a fire Tuesday (Sept. 5) afternoon. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

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