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Teen burned in fire

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, February 23, 2019
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NEWARK FIRE – A teenager was injured and family pets were killed in a fire Monday in Newark. Messenger Photo by Brian Knox

A teenager was hurt in a house fire Monday afternoon in Newark.

Newark Fire Chief Jerry Taylor said the initial call around 4 p.m. Monday indicated people were still inside the burning home in the 400 block of Country Living Drive in Newark.

“The call was for a structure fire with multiple patients trapped,” Taylor said. “The fire department arrived and found heavy fire coming from the home. Everybody was outside.”

Firefighters from Newark, Rhome and Boyd responded to battle the blaze at the mobile home and made a search of the home to make sure nobody was still inside.

Wise County Fire Marshal Jeff Doughty said a grandmother and four grandchildren were living in the home. A 16-year-old girl was taken to Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth by Wise County EMS with burns to her legs and hands and smoke inhalation, Doughty said.

Taylor said a firefighter was also taken to Wise Health System in Decatur after becoming overheated while battling the blaze.

Firefighters discovered three dogs in the house that were killed in the fire, which heavily damaged the home.

Doughty said the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Red Cross was called to the scene to assist the family.

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