Cause of house fire unknown

By Kristen Tribe | Published Wednesday, September 18, 2013

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The cause of a house fire in Newark that displaced seven people Friday is unknown, according to Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard.

The two-story structure in the 200 block of County Road 4847 caught fire just after noon Friday and is a total loss. Jack and Sue Kennan lived in the home with their five grandchildren, ages 9, 7, 5, 4 and 3.

Firefighters from five departments – Newark, Rhome, Boyd, Haslet and Eagle Mountain – battled the blaze. Beard said after the fire appeared to be under control, some crews were pulled out to take a break. One crew was left inside, and then the fire flared on the second floor.

“With the heat and the condition of the structure, the circumstances deteriorated,” said Beard. “The guys did a good job, but they had to pull everyone out at that point. It wasn’t safe to have anyone inside.”

No firefighters were seriously injured, but Beard said a few were treated by Wise County medics for heat exhaustion.

The American Red Cross was called to the scene to assist the family.’

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