Wind-Fueled Fire Destroys Johnson County Home

Firefighters stopped flames from reaching neighbor's house

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    NEWSLETTERS

    A Johnson County family is without a house after a flames destroyed their home. (Published Thursday, Jan 30, 2014)

    A fast-moving fire fueled by heavy winds destroyed a family’s home in Johnson County on Thursday.
    The fire started at about 5 p.m. at a home in Keene. Firefighters worked to to extinguish the flames against strong winds. 

    “When we got here, the fire was just pushing so hard,” said Keene EMS supervisor Casey Davis.
    Firefighters from five different departments battled the blaze.
    Michael Wilkerson and his family were not hurt but lost everything.
    "There was a loud pop and when I looked out back, the whole back of the house was on fire,” Wilkerson said.
    Firefighters have not determined how the fire started.
    Crews were able to stop the flames from reaching the house next door.
    Mark Lancaster, who lives next door to Wilkerson, said damage to his home is minor — thanks to quick-acting firefighters who focused their efforts on saving his house.
    “They did an outstanding job,” Lancaster said.
    Lancaster said he was amazed at how fast Wilkerson’s house erupted in flames.
    “Less than a minute,” Lancaster said. “It was crazy … the wind was unbelievable.”
    Firefighters warned dry and windy conditions mean the fire danger remains high across North Texas.
    Wilkerson said his home was insured. The American Red Cross is helping the family.