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Texas FD battles apartment fire in extreme cold temperatures

The temperature at the time of dispatch for the fire was 19 degrees; a mixture of sleet and snow fell as Palestine firefighters worked to extinguish the fire

By Pennylynn Webb and Stuart Whitaker
Palestine Herald-Press, Texas

PALESTINE, Texas — The Palestine Fire Department quickly responded to an apartment fire Sunday, saving the homes of many during low temperatures Sunday night.

According to Fire Marshall Edward Clayton, at 10:41 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14 the Palestine Fire Department responded to a fire on the roof of the Timberline Apartments, 1020 Sugar Lane.

Meteorologist with the National Weather Service reported the temperature at the time of dispatch for the fire was 19 degrees. A mixture of sleet and snow fell while crews worked.

Clayton said it took fire crews approximately two hours to extinguish a fire involving the HVAC unit and clear the scene. He said the fire was contained to the roof and the void space under the roof decking.

Clayton said that although two apartments were damaged, the fire department personnel were able to keep the fire from extending into the rest of the apartment units.

Clayton said the residents from the affected units were not home at the time of the fire, both arriving at the scene around the time the fire department was leaving. He said apartment staff and maintenance were on the scene to assist them.

Despite the damage to the apartments, no residents were displaced and everyone was allowed to return to their units. No injuries or deaths were reported.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


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