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Blotter: Firefighters extinguish blaze at storage building

Denton firefighters found themselves battling “lots of smoke and fire” Friday afternoon in triple-digit temperatures.

Battalion Chief Brad Lahart, a spokesman for the department, said firefighters arrived shortly after 4 p.m. to find a 20-by-30-foot metal storage building fully engulfed in flames in the 1000 block of Cottonwood Lane.

The building suffered severe damage.

Investigators are working to determine the cause, but Lahart said the storage building had electricity.

No evacuations were needed, even though the blaze was near some residential areas, he said.

“Firefighters were quickly able to put out the fire,” Lahart said.

No injuries or heat stroke occurred during the time on the scene, officials said.


Other reports

100 block of Avenue A A 21-year-old man was arrested by University of North Texas police recently after an alleged bar fight.

According to reports, the 21-year-old, who was not a student, was intoxicated and actively fighting the staff at the bar. When police arrived, reports state, the man attempted to take an officer’s can of pepper spray and resisted arrest.

He was charged with attempting to take a weapon from a peace officer, resisting arrest/search/transportation, public intoxication and disorderly conduct and brought to the Denton County Jail.

U.S. Highway 380 and Trent Road A collision between a truck and an 18-wheeler forced roads to be closed for several hours Saturday morning near Krum.

Officials with the Krum Fire Department said the cause was still uncertain, but at 5:15 a.m. they were dispatched to the area where an 18-wheeler and truck had collided. Officials said the driver of the truck had serious injuries and was transported by ambulance before being transported by air to a Dallas hospital.

The CareFlite helicopter initially called to the scene had mechanical issues and was grounded, officials said Saturday afternoon. Officials said it appeared the driver of the semi didn’t need immediate medical attention.



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

Seventy people were booked into the Denton County Jail.

Denton police posted 13 reports online.

From July 28 to Saturday:

Texas Woman’s University responded to 47 calls for service, made four reports, 26 moving violations and three arrests.

From July 28 to Thursday:

University of North Texas police responded to two minor accidents, four public intoxication arrests, one possession of marijuana arrest, an arrest for an attempt to take weapon from peace officer/resisting arrest/public intoxication and disorderly conduct, one driving while intoxicated arrest, one driving while license invalid stop, one possession of controlled substance arrest and one outside agency warrant arrest.

— 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.