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Blotter: Denton family of six displaced by fire

A Denton family of six was forced to move to their travel trailer Saturday after their home caught fire.

Kenneth Hedges, spokesman for the Denton Fire Department, said it received a call at around 10:54 a.m. about a fire reported in the 100 block of Bellaire Drive. He said a single-family residence had fire and smoke showing when fire units first arrived on the scene.

The homeowner, Hedges said, was in the backyard mowing while the rest of the family — his wife and four children — were in the kitchen of their home Saturday morning when the fire was detected. The homeowner reported to officials that he heard a window break while mowing and saw fire and smoke coming from his home. He then moved to quickly evacuate his family.

Firefighters contained the fire to the rear of the home, officials said. The majority of the home suffered smoke damage.

Hedges said the loss is estimated to be $100,000-plus, half of which are for the contents that were ruined inside.

Officials said there were no injuries and the family has a travel trailer they will stay in temporarily. The cause of the fire is under investigation.


Other reports

600 block Londonderry Lane — A man briefly escaped from custody Friday morning after he was arrested on a family violence charge, police said.

According to Denton police reports, an officer was dispatched to a home before 2 a.m. Friday after a 27-year-old woman called to report she had been hit in the face with a closed fist by her husband.

After the officer arrived, however, the woman changed her story, but the officer saw her injuries and believed them to be consistent to the initial call.

Reports show that her 23-year-old husband was hiding in a closet. When he was questioned by police, he told them that the injuries to his wife happened when she got into an altercation with one of her girlfriends.

The officer charged the man with assault causing bodily injury/family violence.

Police said while he was being placed in the squad car, he kicked out the window and escaped on foot. K-9 units were unable to initially locate the suspect. Records show he was later caught and booked into the Denton City Jail on an escape from custody charge, as well as the family violence charge. His bond sits at $10,000.



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

*Fifty-one people were booked into the Denton County Jail.

*Denton police posted 17 reports online.

From 7 a.m. Nov. 3 to 7 a.m. Saturday:

Texas Woman’s University police responded to 88 calls for service, 10 reports, four escorts, 14 moving violations and two arrests.

From 7 a.m. Nov. 4 to 7 a.m. Thursday:

University of North Texas police responded to seven medical calls, three driving while intoxicated arrests, two possession of marijuana arrests, one assault, one welfare concern, four warrant arrests, two vehicle accidents, one criminal trespass, one burglary of a vehicle and one theft more than $500 less than $1,500, and issued one citation for possession of alcohol where prohibited.

— Megan Gray