Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

August 13, 2013

Fire destroys mobile home in Earle’s Chapel

Progress staff reports
Jacksonville Daily Progress

EARLE'S CHAPEL —  Over a dozen firefighters braved the high heat for well over an hour Sunday afternoon to put out a double wide mobile home blaze, authorities said. No one was injured.

Although the damaged structure on private property along County Road 3407 is technically still standing, it was for all intents and purposes destroyed by the 3 p.m. fire, explained Earle's Chapel Volunteer Fire Department Chief Ted Hunt.

The blaze took firefighters roughly an hour and a half to extinguish. The home was inhabited by a family of six, who ended up staying with relatives after the fire, Hunt said.

It certainly was dangerous weather for firefighting, according to reports. The heat level was high – in the 100-degree range.

The air packs firefighters wore provided oxygen but not much in the way of heat relief. Hunt said he was forced to rotate men in and out of the fire fairly regularly to keep them from becoming dangerously dehydrated.

“We had a quick response time,” Fire Chief Hunt said. “We had firefighters helping from Earle's Chapel, Lake Palestine East, Jacksonville and also Bullard.”