Structure Fire in Keene, Texas

The Keene Volunteer Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire on May 12, 2005.

Their fire chief, who lives three miles southeast of town, instructed the dispatcher to call for mutual aid from the Cleburne Fire Department five miles to the west and Alvarado Fire Department seven miles to the east as he could see heavy smoke from three miles away.

The fire had started in the carport area behind the house and rapidly spread into the attic area of the house.

The Keene Volunteer Fire Department mounted an interior attack and was assisted by the arrival of the Cleburne Fire Department.

Cleburne has three stations and their fire chief just happened to be at Station One. He borrowed the engineers gear and lead the Cleburne Fire Department to assist in the interior attack.

The Keene Fire Chief was on his way to work at the Johnson County Sheriffs Department. He manned a 2 1/2 inch line with assistance of a Keene Police Officer until the arrival of the Alvarado Fire Department.