House fire in rural McLennan County


Waco firefighters are on the scene of a house fire in rural McLennan County.

The house is located at 360 Kandus Cove in China Spring.  

There were no reported injuries and family dogs was rescued from the house by a neighbor.

Two adults and two or three children lived in the home, but were not there at the time of the fire.

Fire units from Speegleville, China Spring, Valley Mills and Waco responded.

The first alarm was turned in at 11:45 a.m.

The first units on the scene reported heavy flames had broken through the roof and part of the roof had collapsed.

A large snorkel truck from the Waco Fire Department was used to deliver water into the roof of the house as part of what was termed a “defensive attack.”

The cause of the fire remained under investigation Tuesday afternoon.

Fox 44 spoke with a man who ran to the rescue. 

Chris Jones drove his garbage truck along with two other co-workers when they saw a house on fire. 

He immediately called 9-1-1 and got to work. 

He says, “Me and my coworkers grabbed the hose at the house and tried to use whatever pressure we had and tried to put the flames out. 

His main concern – making sure no one was in danger. 

Jones explains they were, “Ringing the bell, knocking on the doors, looking at whatever we could see that wasn’t engulfed in flames. God forbid if there was anyone in there I would have helped, I don’t care.”

Jones quickly rescued the family pets.

He says, “One dog did get burned a little, the other one had little burn spots on head.” 

Waco Fire Battalion Chief Robert Beechner says, “It is always a tragic event when someone loses their home or property, but if no one is injured everyone gets out safely from the incident then we are always thankful for that.” 

Jones hopes someone would do the same for him. 

He says, “A house is a house it can be replaced I can’t be.”

Jones doesn’t call himself a hero but says he also alerted the neighbors to wet down their property in case the fire spread. 

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