Blotter: Officials: ‘Suspicious’ shed fire under investigation

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The Denton County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a “suspicious” fire in Justin that occurred Monday evening.

Jody Gonzalez, the county’s fire marshal, said the fire was in a shed in the 1100 block of Thistle Lane and was reported shortly after 5 p.m.

The 8-foot-by-8-foot shed, he said, was completely burned down. Firefighters from Justin and Argyle worked for two hours to extinguish the blaze.

“Neighbors said they heard loud popping noises — like a transformer blowing out,” Gonzalez said.

Those noises came from cans of paint that were inside the shed, he said.

Investigators said a lawn mower was also inside.

Gonzalez said officials believe the fire is suspicious since there were no electric lines running to the shed and nothing was found inside that would ignite a fire.

Someone reported seeing a juvenile running from the shed, but the boy’s father said he sent him over to see if there was a fire, officials said.

The son ran back to his father to tell him to call 911.

“He was one of the ones who made the first call into dispatch,” Gonzalez said.

The property owner, who lives in a mobile home near the shed, was at work at the time of the fire and had to be notified by her daughter what had happened, Gonzalez said.

The mobile home is still habitable, but did receive heat damage that melted some of the siding.

“A break service line was burned in two while firefighters were battling the flames, so there is no electricity there right now,” he said.

There were no reported injuries and the property loss is valued at $2,500.

An investigation to determine the exact cause is under way, officials said.

 

Other reports

2900 block of Interstate 35E — Someone broke into two medical facilities Monday morning, police said.

At about 9:30 a.m. Monday, one of the medical practice managers reported to officers that someone used a possible screwdriver to pry open several doors and desk drawers, according to reports.

The manager told police the burglar caused property damage and took $100 from a petty cash lock box.

Police said shortly after completing the report, another call came in from a medical business in the same building about a similar incident.

There was some damage, police said, but no money was taken.

No arrests have been made.

1700 block of Kittyhawk Drive — Denton County sheriff’s officials responded to a harassment call Monday afternoon after someone claimed to have received a threatening text message.

According to reports, the victim said he received a death threat via text message from an unknown sender.

 

Roundup

From 7 a.m. Monday to 7 a.m. Tuesday:

Denton County sheriff’s dispatchers handled 795 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies they serve. Thirty-three people were booked into Denton County Jail.

Denton police handled 250 service and officer-initiated calls and posted 29 reports online.

Denton Fire Department information was not available as of press time.

Argyle firefighters responded to one structure fire and one carbon monoxide call. Argyle police responded to one animal complaint, two suspicious vehicles, 12 traffic calls and assisted one motorist.

Aubrey firefighters responded to one fire, one assault or sexual assault, one structure fire and two medical calls. Aubrey police responded to one burglary, one suspicious vehicle, one theft and nine traffic calls and assisted one motorist.

Bartonville police assisted two agencies and responded to three traffic calls.

Corinth police responded to three Child Protective Services referrals, one criminal mischief report, two disturbance calls, one medical call, one missing person, one noise complaint, two reckless drivers, one road blockage, one suspicious vehicle, one theft, one water main break, 27 traffic calls and 10 animal complaints and assisted two motorists.

Double Oak police assisted one agency and responded to one criminal trespass report and four traffic calls.

Flower Mound firefighters responded to two structure fires.

Hickory Creek police assisted two motorists and responded to 23 traffic calls, one road blockage and two suspicious activity calls.

Justin firefighters responded to one structure fire and two medical calls. Justin police responded to one intoxicated person, two suspicions persons, one theft report and one traffic incident.

Krum firefighters responded to one alarm fire, one medical call and unlocked one vehicle. Krum police responded to seven traffic calls, one suspicious vehicle and one medical call.

Lake Cities firefighters responded to six medical calls and one water main break.

Little Elm firefighters responded to one fire, one grass fire and one medical call. Little Elm police responded to one burglary, two criminal mischief reports, one domestic disturbance call, five suspicious activity calls, 16 traffic calls, one medical call and one welfare concern and assisted one agency and two motorists.

Lewisville police made 60 arrests from Thursday, June 6, to Monday.

Oak Point firefighters responded to one assault or sexual assault. Oak Point police responded to one verbal disturbance, one report of loose livestock, one suspicious activity call, five traffic calls, one welfare concern and one vehicle complaint.

Ponder firefighters responded to one structure fire and two grass fires. Ponder police assisted two agencies and responded to one road blockage, one suspicious activity and one traffic call.

Pilot Point firefighters responded to one alarm fire, one structure fire and two medical calls. Pilot Point police responded to two traffic calls and one welfare concern.

Roanoke firefighters responded to one structure fire.

Sanger firefighters responded to one unknown fire, two medical calls and assisted one citizen. Sanger police assisted one agency and one motorist and responded to one domestic disturbance, one unknown fire, one reckless driver, two suspicious activity calls, one terroristic threat, three traffic calls and one welfare concern.

The Colony firefighters responded to four medical calls.

Trophy Club firefighters responded to one alarm fire, one medical call and unlocked one vehicle. Trophy Club police responded to two disturbance calls, one domestic disturbance, one harassment report, one ordinance violation, six traffic calls, one fire and two animal complaints and assisted one motorist.

— Megan Gray

 


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