FIRE SCORCHES HISTORIC MULTI-FAMILY STRUCTURE — Seven people are displaced following a fire that ravaged a historic, multi-family home at 500 West Walnut in Decatur Monday morning. All occupants of the apartments have been accounted for, and no injuries were reported. Because of the extensive structural damage to the two-story frame structure, a cause has not yet been determined. But the fire appears to have started on the second floor, near the front of the home. “A gentleman said that when he left around 6:45 a.m., he threw a load of laundry into a dryer on the second floor near the front of the building,” Decatur Fire Marshal Deroy Bennett said. “When our first units checked on scene, they reported fire at the front of the building. It’s inconclusive at this point. There’s no way we can get into the house now. It’s very unsafe inside.” Units from Bridgeport, Alvord, Paradise, Rhome and Krum fire departments assisted Decatur with manpower to extinguish the blaze of a structure believed to have been built in 1902 and added onto multiple times over the years. “Because of how old the building was and the added-on construction, accessibility was really hard for us,” Bennett said. “Plus, we knew the temperatures were going to keep rising. We wanted to have enough guys to keep revolving crews in and out.” No injuries were reported. Wise County EMS also set up a firefighter rehabilitation center near the fire. Although the home is deemed a total loss, the fire did not spread to nearby homes. Units remained on scene until being released around 3 p.m. A Decatur apparatus was to stay through the night to monitor hotspots.
NO REFUSAL NUMBERS — Wise County Attorney James Stainton said only six drivers were arrested for DWI during the no refusal campaign July 3-7. “I’m very happy,” he said Monday afternoon. “It means people are getting the message. One of these days I hope to have a big, fat zero.” This is the fifth year Stainton has executed the program over the July 4 holiday, and in years past, there were between 10 and 15 arrests. During no refusal, blood is drawn from every driver stopped for DWI, and if the driver refuses, a warrant is obtained to get a sample of the driver’s blood to test the blood-alcohol concentration. Read more in the midweek Messenger on newsstands tomorrow.
GOLF TOURNAMENT — The Bridgeport Bulls Football and Golf Booster Club Golf Tournament is Saturday at Bridgeport Golf and Country Club. Tee time for the three person scramble is 10 a.m. Cash prizes and a raffle will be featured. For information call Dwayne Garrett at (940) 393-1940 or Brant Hawkins at (940) 389-9668.
JURY TRIAL CANCELED — A jury trial scheduled for 1:30 p.m. tomorrow at Precinct 4 in Bridgeport has been canceled. Jurors do not need to report.
PARADISE HISTORICAL SOCIETY — Emily Talley from the John B. Denton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) will be the guest speaker at the regular business meeting of the Paradise Historical Society at 7 tonight at the United Methodist Church in Paradise. Talley will convey qualifications for becoming a member of the DAR, the application process and what the Chapter does for the community. She will also assist interested individuals with their applications. The presentation will be followed by refreshments and a business meeting.
VISIT FROM A MAGICIAN — The Bridgeport Public Library, 2159 10th St., will present Harlin the Magician at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.
SHOT CLINIC — Texas Department of State Health Services is hosting an immunization clinic 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. today at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur, rooms 103 and 105. Enter through the Fellowship Hall entrance at 104 S. Miller. A parent must be present with the child’s shot records. For more information, call (940) 665-6397.
SCV MEETING — The Sons of Confederate Veterans will meet at 7 tonight at the Wesley Center of First United Methodist Church in Decatur. The program “The Battle of Galveston” will be presented by Dave Hodgson.
FUNERALS — Service for Helen June Joyce, 90, formerly of Alvord is 10 a.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Alvord with burial at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Montague County. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
SERVICE for Michael Lee Willingham, 62, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins.