Copperas Cove and Kempner fire departments worked together to extinguish a Cove house fire Jan. 25.
The alarm came in at 2:27 p.m. A total of nine vehicles from the Cove fire department, with 17 personnel, responded to the blaze in the 3000 block of Deer Flat Drive, according to Deputy Fire Chief Gary Young.
In the course of battling the fire, Kempner Fire Department also sent two of its vehicles and three personnel to the scene.
“It was one of those complicated fires because of the fact the house was at the base of a hill,” Young said.
The position of the house caused the fire to spread onto the hill.
“We were working not only a house fire but a grass and brush fire,” Young said.
No injuries were reported as a result of the fire, but the house was “completely and totally destroyed,” Young said.
Crews remained on the scene until past 9:30 p.m. Cove fire units returned to the site periodically overnight to address smoldering items.
“We were worried about the structure collapsing,” Young said. A retaining wall constructed of railroad ties presented a unique problem, due to the wood being soaked in chemicals which continue to burn deep inside, according to Young. “Those are extremely difficult to put out, and we didn’t want the hillside to wash away if it collapsed.”
Young added the fire marshal was at the site Jan. 26 investigating the cause of the fire.
As of Wednesday, no determination had been made regarding the cause of the fire, according to Copperas Cove fire marshal Mike Fleming.
“The investigation is ongoing,” he said.