Blotter: Morning fire displaces couple in The Colony

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An early morning blaze Friday displaced a couple in The Colony, officials said.

The Colony Assistant Fire Chief Van Weese said the homeowners called in to dispatch after they were awakened by a smoke detector going off shortly after 5 a.m. at their residence in the 5900 block of Sandhill Circle.

“They looked for the fire, and when they found it, that’s when they decided they couldn’t do anything about it,” Weese said. “That’s also when they evacuated.”

The two-story structure was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived, and the fire quickly went to two alarms. Firefighters from Carrollton, Lewisville and Little Elm came in to assist during the three-hour battle.

Weese said the fire started in the garage and progressed through the attic of the home, burning off the roof.

The couple are insured and received assistance, officials said.

“We have started an investigation into the cause, but so far we believe it was accidental,” Weese said.

No injuries were reported.

Other reports

1000 block of Bernard Street — Denton firefighters responded to a two-story residential fire Thursday afternoon. Officials said they received a call at 5:16 p.m. and by 5:42 p.m. the fire was under control.

Kenneth Hedges, spokesman for the Denton Fire Department, said firefighters found heavy smoke upon arrival and $2,000 in property damage was reported. Nobody was displaced and the cause of the fire was improper discarding of smoking materials, he said.

No injuries were reported.

Locust and Hickory streets — Police said a 20-year-old driver led officers on a pursuit through town Monday morning before he crashed his vehicle into an unattended postal truck at the post office.

The man nearly wrecked once during the pursuit that peaked at 77 miles per hour at the intersection at Hickory and Locust streets, police said. After crossing McKinney Street, the driver lost control and the vehicle slid sideways into a utility pole and the truck, reports stated.

The man got out of the vehicle and ran. He was later found by officers in a drainage culvert in the Denton Civic Center park area, police said.

He was charged with evading arrest or detention with a vehicle and booked into the city jail, police said.

Roundup

From 7 a.m. Thursday to 7 a.m. Friday:

* Denton County sheriff’s dispatchers handled 697 service and officer-initiated calls and booked 39 people into Denton County Jail.

* Denton police responded to 253 service and officer-initiated calls and posted 15 reports online.

* Denton firefighters responded to one fire, one building fire, one gas leak, 21 medical calls and assisted one agency.

Argyle firefighters responded to two medical calls, one smoke investigation and one traffic accident. Argyle police assisted two agencies and one motorist and responded to one traffic call, one traffic accident and one report of loose livestock.

Aubrey firefighters responded to four medical calls and assisted one citizen. Aubrey police assisted two agencies and responded to six traffic calls.

Bartonville police responded to two criminal mischief calls, one domestic disturbance and one traffic call.

Corinth police assisted five agencies, one motorist and responded to one criminal trespass call, one disturbance call, one structure fire, one noise complaint, two suspicious activity calls, 19 traffic calls, one traffic complaint, one welfare concern and five animal complaints.

Double Oak police assisted one agency and responded to one theft, 11 traffic calls and one welfare concern.

Hickory Creek police assisted one agency and one motorist and responded to one report of gunshots heard, two ordinance violations, one medical call, three suspicious activity calls, 10 traffic calls, one traffic complaint and one animal complaint.

Justin firefighters responded to one medical call. Justin police assisted two agencies and responded to one criminal mischief call and four traffic calls.

Krum firefighters responded to one medical call. Krum police responded to one disturbance call and one traffic call.

Lake Cities firefighters responded to one medical call, one structure fire and two traffic accidents.

Lewisville firefighters responded to two fires. Lewisville police made 16 arrests.

Little Elm firefighters responded to one grass fire, two structure fires, one traffic accident and four medical calls. Little Elm police assisted one agency and responded to two assaults, three disturbance calls, one intoxicated person, one reckless driver, seven suspicious activity calls, five theft calls, eight traffic calls and five animal complaints.

Northeast police assisted one motorist and two agencies and responded to two thefts and four traffic calls.

Northlake police assisted one agency and responded to three traffic calls and one welfare concern.

Oak Point firefighters responded to two medical calls and one disturbance call. Oak Point police assisted one agency and responded to one theft, two disturbance calls, one medical call, one theft call and two suspicious activity calls.

Ponder firefighters responded to one medical call.

Pilot Point firefighters responded to one medical call. Pilot Point police responded to one suspicious activity call and six traffic calls.

Sanger firefighters responded to three medical calls and one smoke investigation. Sanger police responded to one harassment call, one stabbing or gunshot call, three thefts, one medical call, one animal complaint, two animal cruelty reports and three traffic calls.

The Colony firefighters responded to four medical calls.

Trophy Club firefighters responded to one medical call. Trophy Club police responded to one ordinance violation, one medical call and nine traffic calls.

— Megan Gray


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