Texas firehouse destroyed by fire

The fire caused the most damage to the station's residential area; the cause is under investigation

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

WESTLAKE, Texas — The tiny, affluent town of Westlake got an unwelcome surprise on New Year’s Eve when its firehouse caught fire.

The fire was reported about 7 p.m. at Westlake’s lone station in the 2900 block of West Dove Road. The town’s fire truck apparently was not at the station at the time the fire broke out, and was not damaged, but there was significant damage to the station’s residential area, an official said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, said Mark Hafner, public safety director of neighboring Keller. The blaze caused the most damage to the station’s residential area, where firefighters and paramedics eat and sleep when they’re not on calls.

Westlake has temporarily moved its fire operations to a station in neighboring Southlake, Hafner said.

“It is to the point where they can’t resume operations there this evening,” he said. “Their apparatus was not affected. It was in the residential area of the firehouse.”

Keller provides police services to Westlake in a contractual arrangement. Westlake provides its own fire services, but fire officials couldn’t be reached late Wednesday to comment.

Westlake has about 700 residents and is the former home of the Jonas Brothers. Hank Haney, Tiger’s Woods’ former golf instructor, also bought a Westlake home in the Vaquero development that was featured on a Golf Channel television show.

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