Lewisville Fire Chief Tim Tittle said several surrounding agencies battled a house blaze at the Lakes at Castle Hills community Saturday morning.
The call came in at 1:50 a.m. Saturday after reports of heavy smoke were showing from a 9,000-square-foot house in the 2600 block of Round Table Boulevard, officials said.
Carrollton and Lewisville fire departments were the first on the scene and reported the entire second story of the home was on fire.
“They went into the structure to make an interior attack, but part of the back structure started to collapse,” Tittle said. “They exited and the fire was quickly called from a two- to a three- and then four-alarm fire.”
The Colony, Farmers Branch, Highland Village, Lake Cities, Coppell, Flower Mound and Grapevine firefighters also assisted, officials said.
Tittle said the home was unoccupied at the time of the fire, as the owners were completing renovations.
Denton County Fire Marshal Jody Gonzalez said the home was a total loss and the estimated home value was just under $2 million.
Gonzalez said there were no injuries and he had yet to determine an exact cause of the fire at press time.
3900 block of Teasley Lane — A 21-year-old man was charged with theft of service after he failed to pay his taxi fare Friday, police said.
According to reports, after the officer responded to the call from the taxi driver after 1 a.m., the officer checked the area where the man exited. Once inside a convenience store, police said the officer believed she had identified her suspect.
The officer, reports show, waited for the man to exit the convenience store. Once he did, police said the officer dialed the number of the cellphone of the passenger she was provided by the taxi driver.
Records show the officer observed the male from the convenience store look at his phone, as if someone was calling him. When the officer asked for his name, police said the name the man provided had two outstanding warrants for his arrest out of Plano.
The man, police said, was brought in for theft of service and the two warrants.
During an inventory check at the city jail, the officer noticed two cold 32-ounce bottles of juice in the man’s backpack, records show. Reports show the man took them from the convenience store but did not pay for them. Police said he was then charged for theft under $50 as well.
700 block of Gober Street — A 42-year-old Denton woman alleged her ex-husband was continuously texting, calling and e-mailing her with threats recently. Police said the woman reported her ex-husband is in Denton for their divorce hearings, but he currently lives in Idaho.
From 7 a.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday:
Forty-six people were booked into Denton County Jail.
Denton police posted 15 reports online.
From Sunday, Sept. 1 to Saturday:
Texas Woman’s University responded to 96 calls for service, made 12 reports, three escorts, 39 moving violations and three arrests.
From Sunday, Sept. 1 to Thursday:
University of North Texas responded to four outside agency warrant arrests, two criminal trespass calls, two public intoxication arrests, two medical calls, one possession of marijuana arrest, one possession of alcohol where prohibited citation, one theft, issued two driving while license invalid citations, one resisting/criminal trespass arrest, two disorderly conduct calls, one criminal mischief call and assisted two agencies.
— Megan Gray
Denton County Crime Stoppers will pay a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in these or other crimes. Callers will remain anonymous. Call 1-800-388-TIPS (8477). Reach the Denton police narcotics tip line at 940-565-5801.