Texas Chief, Firefighters Avoid Being Caught in Roof Collapse

Four escape collapse in Upshur County

(Glenwood Volunteer Fire Department, Facebook)

FirefighterNation Staff

Editor’s Note: Glenwood Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief Katiland Gray reached out to FFN to clarify some points in the KTLV news story. First, she and the three other firefighters were not trapped as it was a partial collapse and all were able to freely exit the structure on their own. Second, Chief Gray credits a successful operation to the teamwork of all the departments that responded but were not identified by KLTV. They are:
East Mountain Volunteer Fire Department
West Mountain Volunteer Fire Department
Diana Volunteer Fire Department
Gilmer Volunteer Fire Department
Ore City Volunteer Fire Department
Judson Metro Fire Department

UPSHUR COUNTY, Texas — Four firefighters were able to escape uninjured from a collapse during a house fire in Upshur County.

KLTV reports that firefighters were dispatched to a house fire at 4885 FM 726 at approximately 4:00 a.m.

Glenwood Volunteer Fire Department Chief Katiland Gray and Assistant Chief Mike Fennell told KLTV that when firefighters arrived fire was showing through the roof.

Chief Gray said when she and three other firefighters went inside, fire in the attic and the roof caused the collapse.

Assistant Chief Fennell said a rapid intervention team was in place and when the collapse occurred the firefighters inside were able to get out on their own.

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Once all firefighters were outside and accounted for the fire was fought in a defensive strategy.

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Firefighters from seven departments responded to the alarm. Tankers were used since the fire occurred in an area without hydrants.

No one was home at the time of the fire and the cause is under investigation.

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