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On the morning of Feb. 25, a passing truck driver reported smoke coming from a dwelling on Valley View Road just off County Road 920 in an unincorporated portion of Johnson County, Texas.
The county 911 dispatcher alerted the three closest fire departments - Mid-North, Joshua, and Godley. The chief of the Joshua Fire Department reported heavy smoke showing while en route to the scene and requested a mutual aid engine from the Burleson Fire Department and a tanker from the Crowley Fire Department.
When firefighters pulled onto Valley View Road they reported a two-story house fully involved. A strong wind out of the south at 16 mph gusting to 23mph fanned the flames, and led to an early collapse of the structure.
The first arriving unit took a position on the north side of the fire to protect the downwind exposure. The second unit to arrive placed a line in service between the main house and garage area.
Firefighters were hampered by the strong wind and the lack of fire hydrants in the area. A tanker from the Benbrook Fire Department was added to the call to help establish a water shuttle to the nearest hydrant. The house was declared a total loss with only the first floor brick veneer walls of the garage left standing.
The state fire marshal’s office will be investigating to determine a cause.