ENCHANTED ISLE–In the early morning hours of Nov. 15, Payne Springs Fire Rescue (PSFR) was alerted to a structure fire on Enchanted Isle. Upon arrival PSFR Chief 1 found one structure 90% engulfed and a second structure with fire in the eaves on one side and fire on the other.
Wind conditions coming off the lake were unfavorable, bringing in a passing cold front. PSFR Engine 1 arrived and attempted to protect one exposure and attempted to extinguish the fire in house two.
Down power lines between the houses that were on fire, also added to the challenging conditions.
According to a PSFR Facebook post, “over 10,000 gallons of water were applied in the first 15 minutes of the fire with little effect and over 800 feet of five inch supply line was laid to the closest hydrant which did not provide sufficient fire flow for the conditions.”
One person was recovered from the original house that was on fire. Identification was not provided. The Henderson County Fire Marshal’s Office is currently investigating the fire.
A firefighter suffered a minor eye injury and two fire apparatuses suffered heat related damage from the fire. Gun Barrel City Fire Department, Eustace Volunteer Fire Department (VFD), Log Cabin VFD, Caney City VFD, Malakoff VFD, Mabank VFD, Seven Points VFD, Tool VFD, Trinidad VFD and Athens Fire Department all responded. UT Health Emergency Medical Services and the Red Cross also responded.
“Our sympathy goes out to the family of the victim of this fire,” the Facebook post from PSFR stated.