Firefighters from two local departments responded to a structure fire in Morgan Mill Tuesday night. While they were able to contain the blaze, the structure was extensively damaged.
Fire Coordinator Chris Gable said firefighters from the Morgan Mill Volunteer Fire Department and Erath County Volunteer Fire Rescue responded to the call just after 9 p.m. at a vacant residence located next to the Morgan Mill General Store & Cafe on U.S. Highway 281.
Gable said when crews arrived, heavy flames were shooting through the roof and middle of the home, which was about halfway consumed by fire.
"It was fully blazing," Gable said.
Gable said firefighters weren't able to gain entry into the residence since the fire had already spread into the attic. Crews were forced to fight the fire from the outside of the structure.
While the home was vacant, Gable said a number of belongings, including clothes and furniture were still inside the structure and fueled the flames.
He said ECVFR crews left the scene about midnight, while Morgan Mill VFD stayed at the scene.
It was also reported that Morgan Mill firefighters were called back to the home around 5 a.m. when a passerby reported a flare up.
Calls to Erath County Fire Marshal Steve Cole for comment were not returned, but Gable did say Cole was at the residence Wednesday afternoon investigating the scene.