Early-morning blaze destroys vacant Decatur house

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, May 14, 2014

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Fire ripped through a vacant house east of Decatur on County Road 4511 early Thursday morning.

East Wise, Rhome and Decatur firefighters battled the blaze that was toned out shortly before 3 a.m. By the time they made the scene, flames had fully engulfed the single-story structure.

Early Morning Fire

EARLY MORNING FIRE – Firefighters work to extinguish a blaze that destroyed a vacant home on County Road 4511 Thursday morning. East Wise, Rhome and Decatur firefighters responded to the fire. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

“It was a total loss when we got on scene,” said East Wise firefighter Travis Hull, who held command at the scene. “There was nothing to go into.”

Hull noted there was a power line down on the back corner of the house.

Wise County Assistant Fire Marshal J.C. Travis said Thursday afternoon that the cause of the blaze was undetermined.

“There was so much damage that it’s tough to pin down,” Travis said. “Nobody had lived in the house in close to a year. It’s an open investigation.”

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