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Blotter: Fire displaces family of four early Wednesday

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By Megan Gray / Staff Writer

A house fire displaced a family of four early Wednesday.

Denton firefighters were dispatched to the 3600 block of Valley View Road shortly after 5 a.m.

Brad Lahart, spokesman for the Denton Fire Department, said a resident awoke to the sound of a smoke detector and saw smoke and flames in the house, prompting a 911 call.

Firefighters reported smoke billowing from the front door upon arrival. Lahart said the fire started in the garage and spread. The American Red Cross was called to the residence and met with the family, consisting of two adults and two children, to help with temporary necessities.

The fire was put out within 16 minutes of arrival, Lahart said, and no injuries were reported. Denton fire officials were still investigating the cause.


Other reports

2000 block of Chisam Road — The Denton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a string of travel trailer break-ins and burglaries Wednesday.

According to the sheriff’s department, at least six RVs at the location were broken into sometime between Sunday and Tuesday.

Reports indicate the trailers were missing electronics, household items, canned goods, lawn chairs and miscellaneous items.

The tool used to pry open the doors is unknown and no arrests have been made.

200 block of King Road — Someone broke into a grocery store Wednesday night and stole $94 dollars in cash from a register and $300 worth of cigars and cigarettes, according to a sheriff’s report. According to the report, the thief attempted to break into a slot machine as well. Bolt cutters were used to remove the chain from the front door of the store, according to the report.



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

•  Denton police took a total of 25 reports, including eight thefts, two cases of marijuana possession and an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

•  Denton County sheriff’s dispatchers handled 614 service and officer initiated calls for the agencies they serve. Thirty-three people were booked into the county jail.

•  Denton firefighters responded to 18 medical calls, four vehicle accidents, two good-intent calls, one hazardous materials investigation, two service calls and one light ballast breakdown.

Argyle firefighters reported to two medical calls.

Aubrey firefighters responded to one smoke investigation, one structure fire, one odor investigation, one medical call and one traffic call.

Double Oak firefighters responded to one medical call.

Justin firefighters responded to one alarm call.

Krum firefighters responded to three medical calls and one structure fire.

Lake Cities firefighters responded to one grass fire, three traffic transports and five medical calls.

Ponder firefighters responded to one medical and one fire structure.

Pilot Point firefighters responded to two medical calls.

Sanger firefighters responded to three medical calls, one grass fire and one traumatic injury.


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.