Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : September 3, 2015

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By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Reports
GUN BARREL CITY–No one was hurt during a house fire in the Sandy Shores Subdivision in Gun Barrel City Tuesday morning.
The couple who owns the single-story, three-bedroom home was not on site at the time, Gun Barrel City Fire Captain Colby McBride told The Monitor.
“There was heavy smoke and flames visible out the back of the structure when we arrived,” he said.
Gun Barrel City arrived shortly after 8:30 a.m. with an engine and a tanker and called for assistance to Payne Springs, Mabank, Seven Points and Eustace. The Gun Barrel City Street Department also lent assistance with the arrival of a Case backhoe.
McBride said the metal room and intense heat created a very unsafe condition for sending men into the building to fight the fire.
“It was decided using a backhoe to expose the flames was the best way,” McBride said. “That part of the house was already destroyed. There was no reason to risk a life.”
Since there are no fire hydrants in that neighborhood, a portable holding tank was set up and tankers dropped their loads into it. “It’s standard operating procedure,” McBride said.
Firefighters cleared the scene at 1:30 p.m. and the house was declared a total loss, McBride added. The owners were located and informed of the fire.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, McBride said.
The American Red Cross stepped in to provide temporary shelter to the couple, along with other necessities while they begin to rebuild their lives around this destructive event.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 27, 2015

8-19 PS wreck

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
PAYNE SPRINGS–The bridge between Gun Barrel and Payne Springs was closed for two hours while first responders worked to cut a woman out of her vehicle near the entrance of the Baywood Subdivision on State Higheway 198 on Aug. 19.
A helicopter touched down own the pavement ready to wisk her away to the trauma center in Tyler, but stood by so long, that bystanders reported it shutting down its engines.
Though reports that the lone woman driver of the black 2001 Chevy Blazer was in stable condition Monday and likely to be released from the hospital by early next week, at the time witnesses feared the worst.
Joan Simmons, 75, of Payne Springs rearended a high-riding flatbed delivery truck belonging to Groom & Sons, wedging herself under the truck.
The incident occurred shortly before 3 p.m. and a business owner at the scene called it into 9-1-1 at 2:58 p.m. The cause of the collision is still under investigation.
Both vehicles were southbound and had cleared the lengthy bridge when the truck driver slowed to turn right into the Baywood Subdivision Assistant Police Chief Dan Huckabee reported. That’s when Simmons who was behind the truck failed to slow down and collided into and under the flatbed.
The woman was airlifted to the ETMC-Tyler Trauma Center and traffic flow resumed shortly after 5 p.m. The driver was reported in stable condition.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 16, 2015

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Monitor Staff Reports
KAUFMAN COUNTY–Fire departments from Mabank and Kemp were called in to provide water tanker and pumper trucks to assist in a house fire late Wednesday to a home on the east end of Kaufman County on CR 111A, in the Rand area.
A home was fully engulfed in flames when the Kaufman Fire Department arrived on the scene shortly after 9:30 p.m. The house and an attached garage were completely destroyed.
The Monitor has learned the home belonged to former Kmep resident Jeremy Thompson, who was away with his family on vacation at the time of the blaze.
One firefighter was treated by emergency medical services for an unknown illness, possibly heat related, reported.
The Kaufman County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire.
The Trinidad Fire Department responded to an early morning fire Tuesday in Hidden Hills Harbor on Lynn Creek Drive. The homeowner was not at home at the time of the fire.