SAN ANGELO, TX — In the 2700 block of Paint Rock Road, volunteer fire departments are fighting a house fire. Inside the home, it appears the flames are continuing to grow.
Paint Rock Road is blocked in both directions.
According to our reporter at the fire, Wall Volunteer Fire Department and East Concho VFD are battling the blaze. The San Angelo Fire Department is providing support. San Angelo EMS crews are also standing by. So far, no injuries have been observed.
The fire broke out just before noon on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018.
Update 2:10 p.m.
East Concho Fire Chief: Home 75% Destroyed
At noon, a San Angelo firefighter happened to be driving past the house on Paint Rock Road and saw the smoke. He made the initial 9-1-1 call, East Concho Fire Chief Dennis Thompson said. The house, in the 2700 block of Paint Rock Road, is just outside the city limits. East Concho Volunteer Fire Department has the primary fire fighting responsibility there.
The San Angelo Fire Department decided to respond because of the longer time it took for the rural volunteers to arrive. “We were very appreciative of the San Angelo Fire Department,” Thompson said. The SAFD made the initial attack then East Concho VFD and Wall VFD took over for salvage and overhaul.
There was one person in the home when the fire was reported and she evacuated the home safely, Thompson said.
The home has a double ceiling, one of sheetrock and another of plywood. The walls also are double-built. Thompson said this made particularly finding and then clearing hot spots difficult.
Thompson estimated that 75 percent of the house is destroyed with a great level of smoke damage inside.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. Thompson said county fire investigations are handled through the Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office but that the City of San Angelo Fire Marshal’s office may assist.