Early-Morning Fire Destroys 4 Homes, Maintenance Building

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HARKER HEIGHTS (March 17, 2014) Four mobile homes and a storage building were destroyed Monday morning in a raging fire but only one of the homes was occupied and no one was injured.

(Photo by Ben Griffin)

Firefighters were sent to 101 North Roy Reynolds Dr. at about 6:30 a.m. Monday after a caller reported an oven was on fire inside a mobile home.

By the time firefighters got there another mobile home had caught fire, Harker Heights Fire Chief Jack Collier said.

A Harker Heights fire marshal later determined the fire actually started in a mobile home that served as an office for the mobile home park, then spread to a second home that was occupied by the park’s manager, Collier said.

The woman was able to escape without injury.

The fire then spread to two more homes, both of which were vacant, and then on to a maintenance shed, Collier said.

All five structures were destroyed.

Earlier flames and smoke could be seen from some distance and an eerie orange glow filled the morning sky.

Officials from the local chapter of the Red Cross were on standby to assist anyone who was displaced as a result of the fire.

There was no indication early on of how the fire might have started.

North Roy Reynolds Drive was blocked while firefighters battled the blaze but had re-opened to normal traffic by about 8 a.m.