Photos: Fire Rips Through Vacant Fort Worth, TX, Building

May 27, 2024
Firefighters from four departments assisted Fort Worth crews during a two-alarm fire at a vacant building.

Several fire departments battled a wind-driven fire in a vacant Fort Worth building Sunday morning.  

Just before 5 a.m., while crews were already working a fire in the center of the city, 9-1-1 callers reported a building fire in the 7600 block of Jacksboro Highway. The building was most recently used as a bingo hall, but also served as a Western store, roller skating rink and bar.

Sansom Park firefighters arrived to find heavy fire engulfing the one- and two-story wood-frame building. Fire had already broken through the roof of structure, the deparment reported.

Attack lines and a deck gun were employed as crews arrived and Quint 12 positioned for the use of an elevated master stream.

With high winds fanning flames and limited water supply in the area, a second alarm was called. In addition to Fort Worth and Sansom Park fire departments, crews from Lake Worth, River Oaks and Saginaw were summoned to the scene.

"Crews faced challenging conditions including heavy winds, water pressure issues and the exterior wood construction of the building," the department shared.

Quint 13, supplied by a water shuttle operation, was set up to protect an exposure including a warehouse and recycling yard.

The fire was contained in just over an hour but crews remained on scene for almost six hours.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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