HOUSTON – The Houston Fire Department averages about 475 calls a year and has answered 417 calls as of Tuesday, with two months left to go.
Houston firefighters responded to three major call this week with two of those runs being fire calls and a third a motor vehicle accident. The department also responded to more than two dozen medical calls, false alarms and requests for assistance.
Firefighters reminded the community the onset of cold weather often sparks a rash of house fires as residents crank up heaters, fireplaces and wood stoves.
The Houston Fire Department urged residents to check their smoke alarms and make sure all heat sources are in good working order before using them this fall.
Industrial Park fire
The Houston Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 3:54 Tuesday at the abandoned grain mill scales building south of Industrial Park Drive.
Firefighters arrived on the scene and found a brick office building fully engulfed in flames with thick pall of black smoke that could be seen from the Courthouse Square.
Firefighters at the scene could not determine the cause of the blaze as the building was a total loss. The building did not have electricity.
The building was allowed to burn and firefighters kept the blaze from spreading to a nearby soybean field.
The Houston Fire Department responded with two fire engines and were on the scene about an hour. Crews later returned to wet down hot spots.
MVA Okolona Cutoff
The Houston Fire Department responded to a motor vehicle accident Sunday on Okolona Cutoff just outside the city limits.
Upon arrival at the scene, firefighters found a vehicle had left the road and hit several pine trees. The driver of the vehicle was treated at the scene and then taken by ambulance to Trace Regional Hospital in stable condition.
Firefighters, EMTS and sheriff’s deputies were on the scene about an hour treating the victim and left when the vehicle was towed from the scene.
Store kitchen fire
The Houston Fire Department responded to a kitchen fire at Houston Deli Mart on North Jackson Street and Franklin Drive and found a stove on fire.
Firefighters were dispatched by 911 at 9:47 a.m., and found smoke in the front of the building when they entered the building. The fire was contained to the kitchen.
Major smoke damage was reported in the kitchen and minor smoke damage was seen in the front of the building.
Firefighters declared the fire out and left the scene at 10:22
Firefighters used fans to ventilate the structure and it reopened a short time later.