Heat exhausts firefighters battling blaze

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Onlookers take a peek as firefighters work to finish extinguishing a fire that started in a workshop on Odneal Rd, Tuesday, July 23, 2013, in Krum, TX.
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Flammable items fuel fire in barn near Krum

KRUM — One firefighter was taken to a Denton hospital and several others were treated at the scene for heat exhaustion after they fought a barn fire near Krum on Tuesday.

The firefighter sent to the hospital was listed in good condition as of Tuesday evening. No other injuries were reported.

The blaze was reported at about 4 p.m. off Odneal Road, near Krum.

Nearby residents said the flames reached several feet in the air, and they feared the flames would spread.

However, soon after the fire was reported, firefighters had the fire contained to the barn.

The cause of the fire was unknown as firefighters battled the blaze in near 100-degree temperatures, fire officials said.

Denton County Fire Marshal Jody Gonzalez said fighting fires in the summer can be extremely dangerous for firefighters.

Several firefighters also required medical attention and were treated by medics, who hooked the firefighters up to IVs to replenish lost fluids.

Several cases of empty water bottles laid scattered across the scene as firefighters fought to stay hydrated.

Gonzalez said the barn was surrounded by flammable items that fueled the flames, requiring several agencies to respond.

Krum, Denton, Slidell, Sanger, Ponder and Flower Mound fire departments all came to the scene along with Denton County Emergency Services.

Denton's hazardous materials team was also called in to help because the barn contained several unknown chemicals.

After the fire was contained, firefighters rotated to ensure that no one else became exhausted by the heat.

JOHN D. HARDEN can be reached at 940-566-6882 and via Twitter at @JDHarden.

 


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