HOUSTON – Firefighters used hoses from two pumpers and even turned the water cannon on a Saturday morning, Feb. 6, fire that destroyed a home in north Houston.
The Houston Fire Department responded to the call a t 8:53 a.m. and found the fire well underway at 108 Cottonwood Cove.
“Smoke and flames were visible when we arrived and most of the flames at that time were coming from the back of the home,” said Houston Firefighter Jeffery Jones. “There was a lot of smoke coming from the fire and it could be seen over most of Houston.”
Jones said the home was occupied by Rocky McGee and the fire appears to have started in the kitchen area at the back of the home.
“We did a quick check and made sure him and her were out of the house and their dog, too,” said Jones. “Then we just poured water on it. We poured a lot of water on that fire.”
Firefighters brought the blaze under control and white smoke was visible at 10:11. Firefighters were on the scene cooling and overhauling the building until 11:15 a.m.
“We usually get a call back in about two hours on a big fire like that, that rekindles,” said Jones. “It was a big fire.”
Firefighters were called back to the scene at 8:36 p.m. Saturday and again at 4:30 a.m. Sunday to cool down hot spots.
Jones said the structure was a total loss and no definite cause could be determined.
“Neither the owners or any firemen or volunteers were hurt at this fire,” said Jones. “We heard ammo going off, but that is routine now days and we did not face any special problems or dangers.”
Jones said Houston was assisted by Thorn volunteers, Houston Police Department and Chickasaw County Sheriff's Department.