Fire Rips Through Fort Worth Mobile Home Park

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Six units of a mobile home park in north Fort Worth, near the border of Keller, are in ruins after a grass fire consumed the houses. The incident happened late Thursday afternoon in the 11000 block of East Dawn Drive, after the nearby fire jumped a fence and spread to the Golden Triangle Estates.

Linda Furtado watched as everything she owned turned to ashes. “You could see the fire shooting up my wooden fence,” she said, grateful to have escaped in time with her dog, but upset that she did not have the time to grab anything else. “I lost all my pictures of my children. I think that’s the hardest thing, is losing that.”

photo 21 Fire Rips Through Fort Worth Mobile Home Park

Credit: Chris Hatchett

Kenneth Virdell has lived in the neighborhood for 19 years. He also lost everything that he once owned, and can barely face what has now happened to his home. “Take it one day at a time,” Virdell said.

The American Red Cross is assisting those families who are now left homeless, providing food, clothing and a temporary place to stay.

photo8 Fire Rips Through Fort Worth Mobile Home Park

Credit: Chris Hatchett

The fire’s intensity made it difficult for Fort Worth emergency crews to attack the flames. A propane tank connected to one of the homes fueled the fire, as did low-hanging power lines and the extremely dry conditions being felt across North Texas.

RAW: Cell Phone Video From Witness Chris Hatchett

One resident and a firefighter were treated on the scene for heat exhaustion, and another firefighter was injured after being burned on the hands, arms and face.

Eyewitness Chris Hatchett Speaks With Residents

The official cause of the grass fire is still under investigation, but residents were told that some kids playing with matches may have sparked the initial flames that eventually led to this devastation.

photo 14 Fire Rips Through Fort Worth Mobile Home Park

Credit: Chris Hatchett


One Comment

  1. Jjradams82 says:

    What is wrong with you people. One of my co-workers and her 2 daughters lost everything they own in this fire and you’re making fun of it?!? These poor girls were lucky to make it out of the house alive and now have to start highschool in a few weeks and don’t even have any clothes.
    If anybody would like to help this family get back on their feet we are accepting donations at No Frills Grill location. Any donation large or small will be greatly appreciated!!

    1. CSB says:

      How is that working over there at No Frills? Do portions of the meal profits go to the donation, or do I need to bring by goods that are needed? I live nearby and have never been there yet.

  2. Donna says:

    thank you Jjradams82! Unbelievable how mean some people can be! We have never lived in a mobile home park, but does that make me any better than them? NO! Respect these folks, they are human beings that lost their HOMES! Geez…

  3. Kathleen Manning Douglas says:

    Its not near the budist temple thats Keller Haslet, this is golden triangle estates, its a nice park that my son and daughter live in. I am trying to find out how they are, they didn’t lose their home but the power went out in this heat wave and I don’t know where they went.

  4. Mannix says:

    What does does “MY OR MY” mean? Hittin’ the bottle a little early?

    Let’s also do some deductive reasoning. LOTS of comments against “George”. You think MAYBE one of THEM reported the comment? Moron. Finish your fifth of Kentucky vodka and go to sleep until Monday.

    1. Mannix says:

      How did my reply to YR make it UP HERE?

    2. The Devil says:

      Aside from your own typo, I agree. I’m sure a lot of people took offense to his comment and there were multiple reports, or CBS11 saw it and just took it off. YR, go sleep off the booze bender in what’s left of your trailer, and don’t comment anymore until Monday. Thanks.

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