2 homes charred in separate fires

By Erika Pedroza | Published Saturday, July 12, 2014
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Fire ravaged two mobile homes in separate incidents early Friday morning. The blazes were reported within 30 minutes of each other.

Boyd Blaze

BOYD BLAZE – Firefighters from Boyd, Newark and Cottondale battled a house fire in the 300 block of Brighton Oaks Drive early Friday morning. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Just after 12:30 a.m., firefighters from Boyd, Newark, Cottondale and Briar responded to reports of a “fully-engulfed double-wide” in the 300 block of Brighton Oaks Drive south of Boyd.

The homeowner, Erik Harshman, and his dog escaped without injury. Harshman said he was asleep in his recliner when he awoke to a room filled with smoke.

“I felt like I was choking,” he said. “So I cupped my hands around my mouth and went to the floor to get enough fresh air. And I crawled out.”

Although the fire is under investigation, Wise County Deputy Fire Marshal J.C. Travis believes it started on the front porch.

Damage to the home was extensive, and Harshman lost most of his belongings, Travis said.

Red Cross of Tarrant County was called to assist.

Secondary Fire

SECONDARY FIRE – A grass fire at the corner of Coyote Trail and Ridge Trail spread to an adjacent mobile home and completely gutted the double-wide. It was not occupied. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Just before 1 a.m., firefighters from East Wise were dispatched to reports of a grass fire at the intersection of Coyote Trail and Ridge Trail in New Fairview. However, the flames spread quickly and clipped a vacant double-wide in the 100 block of Ridge Trail.

Rhome, Decatur and Paradise fire departments were called in to assist.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard said the home is a total loss.

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