Fire destroys county home

Houston firefighters spray water on the ruins of a house at 254 County Road 168 that burned in bitter cold weather about 10:45 a.m. Tuesday. (Floyd Ingram / Buy at photos.chickasawjournal.com)

Houston firefighters spray water on the ruins of a house at 254 County Road 168 that burned in bitter cold weather about 10:45 a.m. Tuesday.
(Floyd Ingram / Buy at photos.chickasawjournal.com)

HOUSTON – A county home burned in bitter cold temperatures Tuesday morning with the owner saying the blaze burned everything she owned.

Firefighters were dispatched to 245 CR 168 east of Houston at 10:45 a.m. with temperatures hovering around 20 degrees. The home was totally destroyed in the fire.

“Everything I own was in that house,” said Phyllis Buchanan. “I don’t know what I am going to do and I don’t even know where I am going to stay tonight.”

Buchanan said she had taken her grandchild to the doctor in Houston when she got a call saying her house was on fire.

“The neighbors called it in after they spotted smoke coming out of the house,” said Capt. Jason Davis of the Houston Fire Department. “When we got there the home was totally involved.”

Firefighters brought the blaze under control in about 15 minutes and were on the scene until noon wetting down hotspots.

Buchanan said the brick and wood frame home was not insured.

Southeast Volunteer Fire Department was the primary at this fire with the Okolona and Houston fire departments also dispatched.

“The cold weather froze the county tanker truck and we had difficulty with that,” said Davis. “The time of day and the cold weather made us a little slim on manpower.”

Davis said the cause of the fire has not been determined.

 

Arson suspected

 

HOUSTON — Fire department investigators are looking for the person or persons responsible for setting a fire in an abandoned house at 201 Talitha Street Saturday evening.

The Houston Fire Department was dispatched to the corner of Talitha and Judy Street at 4:37 p.m. and found an abandoned house fully involved.

“The house burned back in the summer and no one had been living there and there was no power on at the house,” said Capt. Jonathan Blankenship of the Houston Fire Department. “We definitely believe it is arson and have been talking to several persons of interest.”

Blankenship said firefighters were on the scene about 15 minutes putting out the fire.

“It damaged a nearby home and could have been much more serious,” said Blankenship.

 

Car fire

 

HOUSTON – The Houston Fire Department responded to a car fire on Highway 15 Bypass Monday morning and found a vehicle on fire.

The 2000 Chevrolet Impala was being driven by Fredrick Brownlee when it caught fire. The fire destroyed the engine compartment and interior of the vehicle.

“The driver said he was driving down the highway when he saw smoke,” said Capt. Jonathan Blankenship of the Houston Fire Department. “He got out and no one was hurt and we don’t know a cause at this time.”

Blankenship said the vehicle was totally destroyed by the fire.

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