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Fire Destroys Historic Grapevine Home

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GRAPEVINE (CBSDFW.COM) - A two-alarm fire in Grapevine destroyed a historic two-story home on Friday morning. The incident started just after 4:00 a.m. in the 500 block of Wildwood Drive. Neighbors reported hearing a loud explosion before finding the building engulfed in flames and alerting authorities.

According to Deputy Chief Mark Ashmead with the Grapevine Fire Department, the house was built in the 1860s and was originally the home of the city’s first postmaster. It may have been the oldest structure still standing in Grapevine. “I’m sure it’s a big loss for this historic community,” he said.

Crews were able to extinguish the flames quickly. There were no injuries during the blaze. The cause has not yet been determined. Fire investigators are now interviewing two people who were inside of the home when the fire first started.

Matt Gair is one of the neighbors who heard the loud explosion. He said that the home was discussed during a neighborhood association meeting on Thursday night. There was concern about the condition of the structure — it looked as if it was being neglected. The home had electricity, but no gas service.

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