Barn destroyed, home damaged in Heights fire


The Harker Heights Fire Department reports a grass fire that threatened several structures Monday resulted in a barn being destroyed and resulted in some exterior structural damage to a home

Firefighters had been called to 225 Brenda in an area outside the city limits and arrived to find what was described as a fast moving fire, fueled by high winds and dry conditions.

They activated the West Side Strike Team for help because of the dangerous conditions and a limited water supply.

That strike team is made up of units from Killeen, Coppers Cove, Central Bell County Fire and Rescue and Southwest Bell Volunteer Fire Department.

They also assked for bulldozer assistance from the Texas Forest Service.

The fire was knocked down but the barn was lost and the home was damaged.

The Harker Heights Fire Department reminds residents of Bell County that they are under a burn ban.

In addition, fire danger is considered high because of dry and windy conditions and request that extreme caution be used during outside welding, discarding of cigarettes and barbequing.

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