HARKER HEIGHTS (August 30, 2012)—Fire destroyed one home and damaged one next door late Thursday night but firefighters said no one was injured.
The house that burned is in the same block as a fire that destroyed a mobile home that is believed to be arson.
Harker Heights Fire Chief Jack V. Collier said at about 11:55 p.m. Wednesday units were sent to an address at 123 East Ball Road where the first units on the scene reported a house fully engulfed in flame.
Collier said the single-story home had smoke and flames pouring from the doors and windows and fire had already spread to adjacent trees and to the exterior of a home next door.
Residents in two adjacent homes were evacuated as firefighters first doused flames that had spread to a house next door, then turned their attention to the source of the fire at a vacant house.
Collier reported the fire was under control 17 minutes after arrival.
The original structure was determined to be a total loss and flames damaged only the outside of the adjacent house.
A total of 14 firefighters were on scene from both Harker Heights and Killeen departments.
The fire is currently under investigation by the Harker Heights Fire Marshal's Office with assistance from fire marshal’s offices in Temple, Killeen, from the State Fire Marshal’s office and from ATF.