Massive fire in Killeen destroys two houses

POSTED: Thursday, August 4, 2011 - 12:41pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

Killeen Firefighters were called to a structure fire near the intersection of Northside Dive and 10th Steet Wednesday shortly before 3:00 p.m.

When firefighters arrived, they found the house on the  700 block of Northside Drive engulfed in flames; the house next door was also on fire. As firefighters tried to put out the fire at these houses they found the water pressure was extremely low. They made arrangements to get to a hyndrant with better water pressure to assist them with extinguishing the fire.

The Fort Hood Fire Department started extinguishing one house while the Killeen Fire Department was extinguishing the other. The Harker Heights Fire Department also brought their ladder truck to gain access to an additional hydrant for another water source. Due to the extremely dry conditions, the fire spread through the back yards of the houses to the west and to the grassy areas to the north. The fire continued onto Fort Hood near Warriors Way. The Fort Hood Fire Department quickly extinguished the fire on Fort Hood and assisted the Killeen Fire Department as needed. Other fire departments that assisted were from Southwest Bell County, Central Bell County, Temple and Copperas Cove. The fires were under control in approximately two hours and no injuries were reported as a result of this fire.

Two houses, three garages, three back yard buildings, two boats, two vehicles and a utility trailer were lost as a result of this fire. The Killeen Fire Department had more than 100 firefighters and all engines respond to this fire to include those recalled and volunteer firefighters. Police Officers and Firefighters evacuated residents from 19 homes; the American Red Cross is assisting those who lost their homes as well as those who were unable to return due to no electricity. Employees from Oncor and Atmos Energy assisted with shutting down the utilities and repairing what has been damaged in the fire. It is expected that the electricity will be off from those homes until the middle of the night. The Scott & Whit Rehab Van was also on site to assist due to the extreme heat conditions.

The cause of the fire is under investigation at this time.

From Killeen Police Department

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