Grease Fire Blamed for Blaze
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
SEVEN POINTS-Three fire departments responded to an afternoon call to a trailer home in Seven Points Tuesday.
No one was seriously injured; even the owner's two dogs escaped the inferno that quickly engulfed the home and sent a black plume into the sky that could be seen from Gun Barrel City.
Causeway Circle resident Janet Irvan placed the call for help at 1:13 p.m. when a grease fire got out of control in her kitchen, Seven Points police officer Sam Henson told The Monitor.
Seven Points, Tool and Gun Barrel City fire departments responded with about 12 pieces of equipment and corresponding complement of firefighters.
By 2 p.m., the fire was all but put out, but it destroyed the single-wide trailer house with additions.
Bud Brodie, a co-resident with Irvan at 1012 Causeway Cir., told The Monitor the couple had been refurbishing the trailer they lived in under a contract of sale with owner Dennis Wood.
The fire destroyed all their belongings. Donations for the couple are being collected at Dennis R Wood, CPA at 331 Gun Barrel Lane in Gun Barrel City.
Due to the quick response by firefighters and the absence of windy conditions, the fire did not spread to nearby homes in the area.
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Firefighters hose down the embers of a trailer home following an afternoon fire off Nob Hill in Seven Points Tuesday.
Mom and Kids Hurt in Trinidad Rollover Wreck
Monitor Staff Reports
TRINIDAD-A Cedar Creek Lake area mother and her two children were injured when their sport-utility vehicle overturned Sunday on State Highway 274 just north of Trinidad.
All three were ejected from the vehicle, indicating none were wearing seat belts, Trinidad Police Chief Steve Higgins reported late Monday.
The family's Ford Explorer was northbound on SH 274 when it veered off to the right, crossed back to the highway's left side and then veered back right before rolling over many times, Higgins said.
The Explorer came to rest upright, blocking the northbound lane.
The mother, Susan Rath, 46, was transported to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas by a Skynet helicopter out of Corsicana.
Monday, Rath remained in serious condition in Parkland's Intensive Care Unit with multiple injuries, Higgins reported.
Son Robert Stokes, 6, was transported to Children's Medical Center in Dallas by the ETMC AirOne helicopter out of Tyler.
Robert Stokes reportedly had a broken leg and other injuries. Monday, Higgins said the boy may be released soon, perhaps as early as Tuesday, to recover at home.
A daughter, Jennifer Stokes, 8, was transported by EMS ambulance to the East Texas Medical Center in Athens, where she was treated for minor injuries and released, Higgins said.
"We're not sure what caused the accident," Higgins reported. "One witness said the vehicle rolled seven times, while another witness said it rolled over 10 times."
Henderson County Cancels Burn Ban
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer
ATHENS-Following a nearly day-long rain across the area Friday, Henderson County Commissioners officially lifted the county-wide burn ban Monday.
"I think, with the (current) 14-day outlook, it would be fine to lift the ban at this time," County Fire Marshal Bobby Calder told the commissioners.
"Past that (time), we don't have any outlook," he warned.
The Texas Forest Service drought index numbers for the county range between 295 and 472, with a mean value of 389, far better than the numbers seen just a week ago, County Judge David Holstein reported.
Precinct 2 Commissioner Wade McKinney reported he had some constituents calling to ask if they could start burning while it was raining.
"Didn't we, several years ago, give the judge authority to remove a ban?" McKinney asked.
"As I understand it, if the judge puts the ban on, he can lift it," Precinct 4 Commissioner Jerry West replied.
"I think we're getting into an unenforceable quagmire here," Precinct 1 Commissioner Joe Hall said. "What if it rains at your house, but I live next door, and I don't get any rain?"
Noting the situation likely won't require any quick action to either impose or lift a burn ban, the commissioners then voted unanimously to remove the existing 30-day ban, effective immediately.