2 hurt in Decatur wreck


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Two people were taken to a hospital Monday morning following a single-vehicle wreck on U.S. 380 just east of Decatur. Department of Public Safety Trooper Greg Reyero said a pickup driven by Les Hargis, 74, of Borger was westbound when he apparently drove through a curve in the road, striking a light pole near the Shell station. He and his wife, Deanna, 77, were both taken to a hospital by ground ambulance.

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Kitchen fire in downtown Decatur


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An oven inside Sweetie Pie’s on the Decatur square caught fire early Saturday morning, but firefighters were able to extinguish the flames before it caused major damage to the restaurant. Decatur Fire Chief Mike Richardson said the oven was left on, and pine resin caught fire, which then caught the oven and the adjoining space on fire. A neighbor saw smoke and called for the fire department around 1 a.m. Richardson said when firefighters arrived, they found black smoke coming out a vent on the roof and from around the door to the kitchen.

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Blaze scorches home


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Fire ravaged a home on the Wise-Parker county line Thursday afternoon.
Boonsville/Balsora, Salt Creek, Poolville and Springtown firefighters responded to the blaze on Texas 199 around noon.
Salt Creek Fire Chief Ken Vise said the small brick home was “pretty much a total loss.”
The owners were not at home when firefighters arrived.
“No telling when it started and how long it was burning,” Vise said.
The first firefighters to arrive on scene found heavy smoke coming from the structure.
“The smoke was so heavy they couldn’t make an interior attack initially until there was additional manpower,” Vise said.
Vise did not know the cause of the fire.
“We’re not sure where it started,” he said. “It was somewhere in the back corner.”

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School/business/event closings, delays and cancellations for Thursday, March 5


Due to the possible accumulation of snow or ice on area roadways Wednesday, March 4, and Thursday, March 5, due to a winter storm, the following schools, businesses and events will be closed, delayed or canceled. (Note: We’ll be keeping this page updated as the night/morning progresses, so check back often.)

SCHOOLS

  • Weatherford College (all campuses) – CLOSED THURSDAY
  • Alvord ISD – CLOSED THURSDAY
  • Boyd ISD – CLOSED THURSDAY
  • Bridgeport ISD – CLOSED THURSDAY
  • Chico ISD – CLOSED THURSDAY
  • Decatur ISD – CLOSED THURSDAY
  • Northwest ISD – CLOSED THURSDAY
  • Paradise ISD – CLOSED THURSDAY
  • Slidell ISD – CLOSED THURSDAY
  • University of North Texas – CLOSED until 5 p.m. THURSDAY.

SERVICES

  • Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM) – CLOSED THURSDAY
  • Wise Hope Crisis Center – CLOSED THURSDAY
  • Chico Public Library – CLOSED THURSDAY
  • Decatur Public Library – OPENING AT NOON THURSDAY
  • Decatur trash pickup – Normal Thursday pickup will be on Friday, normal Friday pickup will be on Saturday.

GOVERNMENT OFFICES

  • Wise County offices – CLOSED THURSDAY
  • City of Decatur – TWO-HOUR DELAY THURSDAY
  • City of Bridgeport – CLOSED THURSDAY
  • Rhome City Hall and municipal courts – CLOSED THURSDAY
  • Wise County Appraisal District – CLOSED THURSDAY

BUSINESSES

  • Bond Family Eye Care – CLOSED at 1 p.m. Wednesday and will re-open at 1:30 p.m. Thursday
  • Learning Ladder – CLOSED THURSDAY
  • SignWise Texas – CLOSED THURSDAY
  • Fit-N-Wise Outpatient Services – CANCELED THURSDAY

CHURCHES

  • First United Methodist Church of Decatur – ALL Wednesday night and Thursday morning activities canceled
  • Victory Christian Academy and Victory Kids Care – CLOSED THURSDAY

EVENTS

  • Wise County Youth Fair – ALL Thursday arrivals and show times have been delayed 2 hours.
    Arrival of ALL Rabbits 9-10 a.m.
    Market Swine Show 9:30 a.m.
    Arrival of 4-H & FCCLA entries 9:30-12
    Meat Pen of Rabbits judged 10 a.m.
    Market Goat Show 4 p.m.
    Viewing of 4-H & FCCLA 7 p.m. Ag Mech begin moving in
    (Must be in place by 8 a.m. Friday)
  • Decatur Rotary Club – MEETING CANCELED
  • Legal Aid Clinic at First United Methodist Church in Decatur – CANCELLED

 

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Inclement weather causes power outages, dangerous road conditions


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By Jimmy Alford

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UPDATE: Power was reported restored at about 10:40 p.m. Oncor state a fallen tree was removed and the power line was repaired. Power was out for more than three hours.

Wind speeds over 20 mph and temperatures in the mid 20s caused more than 500 to lose power Wednesday night in Chico.

At about 7:30 p.m., Oncor representative Sabrina Easley said crews were tracking down the cause of the outage. Residents’ power was still listed out as of 10 p.m.

“It’s pretty much affecting the whole town of Chico,” Easley said.

Even Wise County Judge J.D. Clark tweeted his home’s power was out. Other outages were reported in Runaway Bay and Boonsville, but those outages only lasted about half an hour. People can track outages by going to http://stormcenter.oncor.com/default.html.

Roadways began to ice over after 5 p.m. in Wise County, prompting the Bridgeport Fire Department Twitter feed to advise followers that roads were becoming slick. An 18-wheeler was reported jackknifed around 8 p.m., according to the same Twitter feed. To check road conditions, go to http://www.drivetexas.org or call TxDOT at 1-800-452-9292.

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Breaking news: Icy roads force cancellations


By Richard Greene | rgreene@wcmessenger.com

Icy conditions remain across Wise County this morning causing more cancellations and postponements.

The Decatur and Wichita Falls Hirschi 4A Region I area basketball game slated for 3:30 p.m. at Bowie High School has been postponed until 7:30 p.m. Monday at the same site.

Decatur Athletic Director Mike Fuller said officials from Paris were unable to make the trip to Bowie.

Bridgeport and Iowa Park moved their game to 6:30 p.m. Monday in Graham. They were scheduled to play after Decatur in Bowie Saturday.

The Slidell and Avinger game scheduled for Saturday in Honey Grove has also been postponed until 7 p.m. Monday.

The Youth Fair Queens contest has been postponed to 7 p.m. Monday at Woman’s Building at Wise County Fairgrounds.

Some parts of Wise County saw as much as 5 inches of snow Friday and additional frozen precipitation overnight. The temperature in Decatur and Bridgeport was 27 at 9:55 a.m.

Jennifer Dunn of the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth said there will be on-and-off freezing drizzle through the morning that may change into rain and drizzle this afternoon. Conditions are expected to remain icy for several more hours.

More weekend closings and cancellations can be found at wcmess.com/closings.

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Breaking news: Snow causing accidents in county


By Richard Greene | rgreene@wcmessenger.com

Winter returned to Wise County Friday morning with periods of heavy snow causing cars accidents on many of the county’s major thoroughfares.

Multiple accidents were reported on Farm Road 51 and U.S. 287/81, including more than one rollovers.
By 9:30 a.m. snow covered most of the roads around the county.

Alvord, Boyd and Paradise schools are closed along with Weatherford College and county offices. Chico ISD is holding students through lunch.

The Bridgeport Bulls’ 4A Region I area basketball game with Iowa Park in Graham was postponed until Saturday.
“Periods of snow are expected now through later this afternoon with accumulation up to two inches,” said Amanda Schroeder, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth. “Most of the snowfall will be with the leading edge of the storm.”

Schroeder added that temperatures are not expected to rise above freezing Friday and additional precipitation is expected tonight and into Saturday.

“It will transition overnight into freezing rain,” Schroeder said. “Less than a tenth of an inch is expected. Saturday afternoon temperatures will climb above freezing in the afternoon.”

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Snow on the way to Wise County


By Richard Greene
rgreene@wcmessenger.com
Winter is not through with Wise County.
A new storm is expected to roll through the county and North Texas late Tuesday or early Wednesday and bring multiple inches of snow, according Dan Huckaby, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.
“After midnight we could see the next round starting sometime around 2 and 3 a.m. and tapering off later in the morning [Wednesday],” Huckaby said. “Tonight’s event will be snow but it’s putting snow on top of ice, which could be quite treacherous.”
Huckaby said Wise County was on the boundary of the area that would be placed under a Winter Storm Warning. Some parts of North Texas could see four inches of snow or more.
“Wise County could see one or two inches but if the track of the system goes a little further north by even 30 miles it could significantly impact the amount,” Huckaby said. “The snow is not in doubt. The amount is unclear.
“There will be a third morning of dicey driving conditions.”
Tuesday morning, Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard reported a few accidents on the roads around the county but no injuries.
“There were quite a few cars sliding off the road but nothing major,” Beard said. “The roads are better and there’s definitely more traffic. It got rough [Monday] night and early this morning it was a sheet of ice.”
The Wise County Sheriff’s Department reported 30 accidents between Sunday and Tuesday.
Sabrina Easley of Oncor reported no power outages in Wise County but said crews are still ready if any incidents pop up.
“Wise County Oncor customers came through the storm without a hitch,” Easley said. “We did not have one customer without power throughout the entire storm. We are continuing to stay staffed up through the next 48 hours in anticipation of the next weather event.”

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Gas leak forces evacuation


Messenger photo by Joe Duty

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UPDATE 4:30 p.m. – The fire department reports that the house is secure, the vehicle has been removed, and streets have been reopened.

UPDATE 4:10 p.m. – Fire department is reporting that the gas has been shut off, but roads in the area remain closed to traffic for now. No injuries have been reported.

Two blocks in a residential neighborhood near the intersection of Hale and Trenchard streets in Decatur were evacuated around 3:15 p.m. Monday after a vehicle reportedly struck a gas meter, causing a gas leak. The Decatur Fire Department and Police Department were on the scene, and an evacuation was started. Decatur PD asked for people to avoid the area. More information will be posted as it is available.

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Storms drops sleet, brings few issues


By Richard Greene
rgreene@wcmessenger.com
After rolling into Love’s Travel Stop in Rhome Sunday evening, Stacey Gross check the tires on his tractor-trailer Monday morning as sleet pelted down.
“I’m just leaving. Hopefully I’ll make it all the places I have to make,” said the truck driver from Yuba City, Calif. before heading to Tyler and Shreveport.
Gross was one of the few drivers braving the roads around Wise County Monday morning as the second round of wintry precipitation hit with a fury shortly after 6 a.m. The storm dumped between a half and an inch of sleet, according to Dan Huckaby meteorologist with National Weather Service office in Fort Worth.
Much of the precipitation was expected to wrap up by noon but conditions were not expected to improve significantly with temperatures remaining in the 20s throughout Monday.
“There may be some improvement on heavily traveled roads but unfortunately the sleet that has fallen is not going away,” Huckaby said. “It’s in the mid 20s and that’s about as warm as it’s going to get. Anything that does melt will turn to ice. [Tuesday] morning drivingwise may be worse.”
Schools and government offices throughout the county were closed Monday. Slidell and Decatur playoff basketball games were postponed from Monday until Tuesday.
Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard said there had been only a few accidents in the county.
“It’s not been too bad,” Beard said. “We had a couple of incidents this morning of vehicles sliding off the road. [Sunday] night around Alvord on 287 there were a couple of accidents but no injuries.”
Sabrina Easley of Oncor reported no power outages in Wise County.
A few brave drivers made their way to Brookshires to pick up a few items. Rosie Lang said her husband drove her to the store from their house on south of Bridgeport.
“He won’t let me drive in his. He’s from the north,” Lang said.
The Messenger is posting a list of closures and cancellations at http://wcmess.com/closings

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Winter Storm Warning begins for Wise County


By Richard Greene
rgreene@wcmessenger.com
UPDATE 7 P.M.: Wise County and North Texas is under a Winter Storm Warning through 6 p.m. Monday with major impacts from sleet predicted.
Alvord, Boyd, Bridgeport, Northwest and Slidell schools along with Weatherford College has canceled classes Monday. Paradise ISD has pushed classes back to 10 a.m.
Temperatures at Bridgeport Municipal Airport and Decatur Municipal Airport fell to 32 degrees — freezing — at 3:50 p.m. Sunday. At 6:55 p.m. Sunday evening the temperature at both locations was 29. It will continue to fall. The projected low for Sunday night is 20.
Jennifer Dunn, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth, said some sleet could accompany the light band of precipitation currently moving through the county though significant impacts are not anticipated until after 6 p.m.
Dunn said the worry this evening is with standing water and temperatures falling possibly creating “black ice” on roads and overpasses.
The bulk of the precipitation is still expected to hit the county and North Texas in the early morning hours Monday and continue through the morning, creating treacherous travel conditions.
“Sleet will between one and two inches with a small area of ice up to a tenth of an inch,” Dunn said.

11 a.m. STORY: Winter weather will hit Wise County late Sunday evening and early Monday morning, making travel treacherous throughout the county.
The county along with most of North Texas is under a Winter Storm Warning beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday through 6 p.m. Monday.
Rain began falling around 10 a.m. Sunday morning with temperatures still in the upper 30s. A secondary push of cold air is expected to arrive later in the evening, according to Anthony Bain, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth.
“As colder air filters in, the rain will transition to sleet,” Bain said. “Your best chance for winter precipitation is late tonight with some freezing rain and drizzle from 10 to midnight. Then from 4 a.m. to 6 a.m. is when we expect the bulk of the precipitation will arrive.
“Along the 287 corridor, we have a high confidence of seeing high impacts.”
He added that some of the sleet could be accompanied with claps of thunder.
“Beneath the storms with a lot of convection, we could see closer to 2 inches,” Bain said.
Many areas may see between 1 and 1.5 inches.
Along with the wintry precipitation will be chilly temperatures. The forecast high Monday for Decatur is 25.
“It will be below 32 until late Tuesday,” Bain said. “Even when it gets above freezing it’ll only be 35 or 36.”
Temperatures will then dip back below freezing Tuesday evening.
Texas Department of Transportation spokesperson Natalie Galindo said crews pretreated U.S. 287/81 and 380 Friday and Saturday.
“Crews will be coming in later to patrol the highways and farm roads and all equipment is on standby,” Galindo said.

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Winter storm heading to Wise County


By Richard Greene
rgreene@wcmessenger.com
Winter weather will hit Wise County late Sunday evening and early Monday morning, making travel treacherous throughout the county.
The county along with most of North Texas is under a Winter Storm Warning beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday through 6 p.m. Monday.
Rain began falling around 10 a.m. Sunday morning with temperatures still in the upper 30s. A secondary push of cold air is expected to arrive later in the evening, according to Anthony Bain, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth.
“As colder air filters in, the rain will transition to sleet,” Bain said. “Your best chance for winter precipitation is late tonight with some freezing rain and drizzle from 10 to midnight. Then from 4 a.m. to 6 a.m. is when we expect the bulk of the precipitation will arrive.
“Along the 287 corridor, we have a high confidence of seeing high impacts.”
He added that some of the sleet could be accompanied with claps of thunder.
“Beneath the storms with a lot of convection, we could see closer to 2 inches,” Bain said.
Many areas may see between 1 and 1.5 inches.
Along with the wintry precipitation will be chilly temperatures. The forecast high Monday for Decatur is 25.
“It will be below 32 until late Tuesday,” Bain said. “Even when it gets above freezing it’ll only be 35 or 36.”
Temperatures will then dip back below freezing Tuesday evening.
Texas Department of Transportation spokesperson Natalie Galindo said crews pretreated U.S. 287/81 and 380 Friday and Saturday.
“Crews will be coming in later to patrol the highways and farm roads and all equipment is on standby,” Galindo said.

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Fire destroys home east of Decatur


Multiple fire departments responded to a house fire in the 200 block of Quail Chase Lane around 3 a.m. Wednesday. Firefighters found a double wide mobile home fully engulfed in flames. Initial reports indicated possible injuries and at least one person still inside. More information will be posted as it is available.

 

 

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Breaking News — 1 dead on Rhome train tracks


A train accident in Rhome at the intersection of Pioneer Road and U.S. Business 81 left one person dead and shut down Pioneer Road for about an hour Tuesday afternoon. No other details have been confirmed at this time, but we will post updates as soon as we find out more information.

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4 hurt in Texas 114 wreck


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Three children and an adult were taken to Fort Worth hospitals following a two-vehicle collision Monday night on Texas 114 east of Rhome. The accident happened just before 7 p.m. Department of Public Safety Trooper Adam Lawson said an 18-wheeler driven by Joshua Little, 35, was eastbound on Texas 114 and was slowing to turn right into City Concrete. A passenger car driven by John Graham, 44, of Fort Worth was eastbound behind Little. Lawson said Graham turned to look in the back seat momentarily and then looked forward again just before colliding with the back left tire of the truck. Two of Graham’s children, ages 6 and 14, were flown from the scene to Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth, while a 7-year-old child was taken by ground ambulance to Cook’s. Graham was taken by ground ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Little was not injured. All eastbound traffic was shut down until around 8:40 p.m.

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Breaking News: 1 dead and another injured in County Road 4590 wreck


An 18-year old man is dead and another is injured after the car they were traveling in struck a pipe fence and rolled over on County Road 4590 and Highway 114 near Boyd late Friday night.

Another man was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, with unknown injuries. Names of the two men are not available at this time, but State Trooper Patrick Garcia said the deceased passenger, who became ejected from his seat during the crash, was from the metroplex area.

Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Craig Johnson pronounced the man dead on the scene.

Garcia said the crash, which occurred around 11:35 p.m. Friday, was most likely caused by speeding. C.R. 4590 forms a sharp left curve right before merging with Highway 114, and there are little to no speed signs by the area of the crash.

The sedan the two men were traveling in went through the fence line of Sam and Ashlee Barrow’s house, which sits right behind the bend of the sharp curve in the road. The couple said they have lived there with their two sons for four years, and have seen multiple wrecks happen near the property. This one occurred 50 feet from their front door.

“My son’s bedroom is in the front of the house, facing the road, so when I heard the sound of the crash I told my wife to call 911 and told my son to get to the back of the house,” Sam Barrow said. “When I got out there, it was one of the worst things I ever saw in my life.”

Traffic was stopped in both directions for about an hour on 114 while the AirEvac helicopter was being loaded. Boyd Fire Department, the Wise County Sheriff’s Department and Wise County medics responded to assist on the scene.

This was the second major accident of the night, following a four-vehicle wreck on Farm Road 730 that sent seven people to the hospital around 7 p.m.

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Blaze destroys Briar home


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A Briar family of four, soon to be five, lost their home to a fire about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Rebecca Gavina, who is pregnant and just four days away from her due date, escaped from the home uninjured but had a contraction while talking to Wise County Deputy Fire Marshal J.C. Travis. Travis said he thought Gavina was OK, but medics were monitoring her condition.

He said that Gavina and her two children, an 8-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son, had already gone to bed when her fiance, Alfonso Jayme, smelled “wood smoke.” He was watching TV when he first noticed it and thought someone nearby might be burning something.

“But then it became too strong,” Travis said. “He saw smoke coming up where the floor and wall meet.”

Travis said the homeowners had been having electrical issues, but the official cause has not yet been determined.

The mobile home, in the 100 block of Private Road 4901, was a total loss. Boyd Fire Chief Jonas McEntire said it was fully involved when his crews arrived between 9:30 and 10 p.m. Other fire departments called to the scene were Newark, Briar and Reno.

The Red Cross was called to assist the family.

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K-9 Deputy Pepper given hero’s honor at memorial


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Pepper’s handler JT Manoushagian gives Bridgeport Police Chief Randy Singleton a hug at Wednesday’s memorial for the K-9 officer. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

 

By Brian Knox

While Wise County K-9 officer Pepper’s death was the reason for Wednesday’s memorial service in Paradise, it was the focus on the lives he saved that made the most lasting impression.

Pepper’s partner/handler JT Manoushagian described how his K-9 officer did exactly as he had been trained in a shooting incident a week ago near Sunset, shielding the bullets from the officers. And because of that, five more families of officers would not have to hold funerals for their loved ones. He also praised the courage shown by those officers who had participated in the search of a wooded area for suspect Alan “Lance” Alverson.

A video slideshow showing the five officers included not only photos of the officers, but photos of their wives, children and other family members. Many in attendance dabbed tears from their eyes as the video played on large screens at the front of Grace Fellowship Church.

Wise County Sheriff David Walker read a proclamation from Gov. Greg Abbott in which he expressed condolences and praised the work of K-9 officers and their handlers.

The service also included a poem titled “The Life of a Police Dog,” read by Bridgeport Police Chief Randy Singleton, remarks from K-9 Unit Commander Lt. Chuck Gomez, a message delivered from Pastor Rick Cooper and a “10-42″ representing the final call for the K-9 officer delivered by a Wise County dispatcher and wife of one of the officers involved in the shooting.

Dozens of K-9 officers and their handlers from across the state and beyond filled a whole section of seats near the front of the church. At the end of the service, a bagpiper led the K-9 units to the lobby. Those in attendance filed out the exits between two rows of the K-9 officers.

Pepper was shot and killed by Alverson Jan. 28. Officers returned fire, killing Alverson.

A full story will be featured in the weekend Wise County Messenger.

 

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Breaking: Cottondale man loses home in fire


A Cottondale man lost everything in a fire after his mobile home burned down earlier this morning.

James Thresher, 86, is safe and suffered no injuries after he ran out of the mobile home on County Road 3592 when he saw smoke in his living room.

“I was in the living room and the power went out,” he said as he watched firefighters from Cottondale, Boyd and Paradise extinguish the fire around 11 a.m. “I checked the breaker at the back of the house, and when I couldn’t find anything wrong, I walked back to the living room, and that was when I saw the smoke fill the room. That was when I knew I needed to get out.”

Thresher shared the home with his son Harvey, who arrived shortly after the first responders. Thresher said he lived in the home for more than 40 years.

“I’m fine, I just coughed up some black smoke once it started— it just happened so quick,” he said.

Bill Shimmel, an associate pastor at First Baptist Church Cottondale, was also on the scene. Thresher goes to church there, which isn’t too far from his home.

Shimmel said the church will start taking donations to help the Threshers in their time of need.

The official cause of the fire is still under investigation, but Deputy Fire Marshal J.C. Travis said electrical problems might be to blame.

“We’re lucky that he had a hydrant right in his front yard, you hardly ever see that out here,” Travis said.

To donate money or other items to the Threshers, contact First Baptist Church Cottondale at (940) 433-5539 or at Church@fbccottondale.com.

Firefighters extinguish a mobile home fire earlier Monday morning on County Road 3592 in Cottondale. Messenger  photo by Jimmy Alford.

Firefighters extinguish a mobile home fire earlier Monday morning on County Road 3592 in Cottondale. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford.

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Five injured in head-on collision on FM 51


_JDS4892_JDS4848By Richard Greene
rgreene@wcmessenger.com
Five men were transported by ambulance to area hospitals following a violent head-on collision on Farm Road 51 near County Road 2320 between Decatur and Slidell Saturday night.
Dylan Lamoreaux, 21, of Weatherford and an unknown male passenger were taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth with what Department of Public Safety Trooper Beau Bridgeman agreed were serious injuries.
Guy Matlock, 69, of Weatherford; his son, Randall Matlock, 33, of Weatherford; and Jacob Byrd, 25, of Azle were taken to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. Bridgeman said they were believed to be in stable condition.
Guy Matlock was driving a white Saturn SUV northbound on FM 51 shortly before 9:30 p.m. when it was struck by the southbound Kia passenger car driven by Lamoreaux in the northbound lane.
“The Kia was on the wrong side of the road,” Bridgeman said.
The SUV with the Matlocks and Byrd in it came to rest in the northbound ditch. Lamoreaux’ car stayed in the roadway after the collision.
Firefighters from Decatur and Slidell/Greenwood extricated the men from the vehicles in a steady rain. Multiple ambulances transported the patients from the scene.
The wreck closed FM 51 until midnight as crews cleaned up the site and troopers conducted their investigation.

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