Athens Review, Athens, Texas

September 17, 2013

Fire under investigation

Two structures total loss, no injuries reported

Kathi Nailling
The Athens Review

Athens — A large fire in Gun Barrel City on Monday afternoon swept quickly through a residential house located on Wildwind Street in the Tamarack subdivision located within Gun Barrel City city limits. The fire quickly destroyed both structures on the property.

The fire spread between the garage  and the main residence, according to Gun Barrel City Fire Department. The grass surrounding the house and garage also caught on fire due to the dryness. 

The call came into Gun Barrel City dispatch about 2:30 p.m. reporting a fire on Wildwind Street in Tamarack. The Tamarack Subdivision is located off State Highway 334, in Gun Barrel City.

According to the Gun Barrel City Fire Department, the fire moved quickly throughout the two buildings. The structures are considered a complete loss.

Gun Barrel Fire Departments said the dwellings were completely empty. There were no injuries reported. The fire department said they believe the owners have been notified. 

Tamarack resident Tina Hamilton said she was called because someone thought her house had blown up. She said her neighbor heard an explosion close to Hamilton's home. The residence that was on fire did not belong to Hamilton.

It took four fire departments to extinguish the blaze. The departments included Gun Barrel City Fire Department, Mabank Fire Department, Payne Springs Volunteer Fire Rescue and Seven Points Volunteer Fire Department.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Henderson County Fire Marshall.  Gun Barrel City Fire Department personnel did not comment on what may have caused the fire.