HARKER HEIGHTS — Firefighters responded to an early morning fire Friday at a home in the 4000 block of Quail Hollow Road.
Upon arrival, firefighters found a single-wide mobile home with smoke and flames showing from the back half of the structure.
Driver/operator Walter Elvidge, first on the scene and in command, proceeded on fast-attack mode due to possible entrapment, according to a news release.
Neighbor Brandy L. Crawford said the house was on fire and burning “ferociously,” when crews arrived about 6 a.m.
“You could see the flames flickering intensely through all the windows, the smoke cloud was very dark and thick,” she said. “There was a slight breeze that pushed the thick smoke to the left of the trailer, which covered the neighboring trailer and made its way partially up above the brick house next to it.”
Crawford said she heard what sounded like the firefighters soaking the neighboring trailers with water to help prevent future fires.
“It got pretty hot, it burnt some of the trees up there,” said Lyle Sparrow, a neighborhood resident.
A few minutes after making entry, firefighters had to back out of the structure due to intense heat, abandoning a search for victims upon learning from neighbors and the Harker Heights Police Department that the structure was unoccupied.
Sparrow said an older man lived there with three dogs.
The man’s family, he said, lived across the street.
Sparrow said he was sure the man was not in the house, but he was not sure if the dogs made it out.
The single-wide mobile home was in compliance with building codes, and the fire did not spread to nearby structures.
The fire was under control by 6:50 a.m.
Sixteen firefighters fought the blaze, 11 from Harker Heights and five from Killeen.
Heights Deputy Chief Brad Alley is conducting an investigation into the fire’s cause.