HOUSTON – Firefighters with the Houston Fire Department have been busy this past week answering four larger fires, a host of smaller calls and medical calls too.
Firefighters were called to a shed fire on Starkville Road Friday and another one on Nabors Drive early Saturday morning. This was followed by a large grass fire Saturday afternoon in the county and house fire on Parker Avenue Sunday afternoon.
Firefighters had been notified of a controlled burn at 640 Starkville Road on Friday, but the old wooden shed adjacent to Houston High School burned hotter and quicker than expected prompting a call to the fire department.
“The shed was fully involved and we could see smoke as we approached,” said Captain Jason Davis of the Houston Fire Department. “We thought it was a lot worse than it actually turned out to be.”
Davis said shed was probably more than 50-years old and had a shingle roof with tar-paper felt.
“They had gotten everything out and Houston does not have an ordinance preventing a controlled burn,” said Davis. “But the side of their house was steaming when we got there and we kept it from spreading to a newly built shed right next to it.”
Davis said Houston High School administrators were concerned the smoke might drift onto the campus or embers might fall on student’s cars parked in the south parking lot.
Both Houston pumper trucks responded to the blaze at 9:07 a.m, Friday which blocked traffic on Starkville Road for about 45 minutes.
West Point Road
The Houston Fire Department responded to a fire call at 5:58 a.m. Saturday morning and found a shed on fire at 848 West Point Road.
“It was fully involved when we got there,” said Sgt. Mitchell Slaughter, of the Houston Fire Department. “Flames were probably 40-foot high. It was a pretty big fire.”
Slaughter said the fire destroyed the shed and firefighters poured water on it to keep it from spreading.
Slaughter said no one was hurt in that fire.
The Houston Fire Department responded to a grass fire at 238 CR 418 about 6 p.m. Saturday and found a large portion of ground ablaze.
Firefighters were on the scene about an hour getting the fire under control.
Wet ground kept this fire from being more serious than it was.
A homeowner returned home and when they opened the door spotted fire in their house.
The Houston Fire Department responded to a fire at 108 Parker Avenue at 4:19 p.m. Sunday and found a kitchen fire inside the home.
“The homeowner was away and they were lucky they found it when they did,” said Sgt. Mitchell Slaughter, of the Houston Fire Department. “They are also lucky the fire didn’t flashover when they opened the door.”
Slaughter said the home suffered smoke and water damage and firefighters left the scene about 5:36 p.m.
The department saw both pumpers and 10 firefighters respond to the house fire.