Firefighters from four departments battled a blaze in the 400 block of County Road 4599 near Boyd Tuesday night, and despite the efforts of the Boyd, Paradise, Rhome and Cottondale departments, the home will likely be a total loss.
Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard and Assistant Fire Marshal J.C. Travis remained on scene as of 11:30 p.m. to determine the cause of the fire.
The home was occupied by six people — three adults and three children, according to Lisa Fourd, one of the adults who lived in the home. The names of other family members were not available Tuesday night.
“I’d only been here a couple of weeks,” she said, clearly shaken. “I came down here to help my brother with his kids. His wife is sick.”
Fourd said her sister-in-law suffers from seizures and can’t stay alone with the couple’s children, ages 5, 4 and 3. Her brother works in the oil field and is gone for several days at a time.
“We had gone to Denton to pick up his check, and when we came home, the back of the house was on fire,” she said.
Her brother ran into the house to rescue the pets and tried to put the fire out with a water hose. He suffered smoke inhalation and was transported to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.
The home, owned by Donnie Johnson, was a single-story, brick structure. Beard said electrical work was being done on the house last week.
American Red Cross was called to the scene to assist the family. More details will be posted as they’re available.