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Cause of house fire undetermined

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Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard said Saturday morning that the cause of a Newark house fire on Friday is undetermined.

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

Firefighters from five departments — Newark, Rhome, Boyd, Haslet and Eagle Mountain — battled the blaze, which started just after noon. 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 it was then that 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 there were a few treated by Wise County medics for heat exhaustion.

The American Red Cross was called to the scene to assist the family. Read more in the weekend Messenger on newsstands today.