Ballinger house destroyed by fire on North 8th Street

Bill Hancock
Runnels County Register
Powerful flames leap from the roof of the house at 1105 N. 8th Street on Tuesday afternoon. The home was completely destroyed by the fire.

On Tuesday, Jan. 26, the house located at 1105 N. 8th St. in Ballinger was destroyed by a fire. Capt. Robert Langston of the Ballinger Fire Department says the cause for the fire has not been determined. One family member was treated for smoke inhalation and declined transport to the hospital.

Ballinger Rescue Captain Ken Kvapil (L), Captain Robert Langston (blue shirt) and Runnels County Sheriff deputy Clemente Mata discuss the course of action while other fire fighters fearlessly fight the blaze behind them.

The Ballinger Fire Department, Ballinger Police Department and Runnels County Sheriff's deputies responded quickly, arriving on scene within minutes of the call. The fire department deployed their Ladder 1 truck to help fight the fire from above. The wood frame home was quickly engulfed by the flames, although the firefighters successfully contained the fire and prevented it from spreading to other homes in the area.

Flames engulf the home at 1105 N. 8th Street on Tuesday afternoon. The home was completely destroyed by the fire.

Donations of clothes, money and other items are being requested for the family. The items include: 2x women's clothes, 3-4x men's clothes, dog food, toiletries, canned goods, and monetary donations (for medication and other needs). Items can be dropped off to Chris Hurt at 400 N. 13th St.

A fire fighter fights the fire from the bucket of Ballinger Fire Department's Ladder 1 truck.

According to the National Fire Protection Agency, there are five main causes for house fires — cooking, heating, electrical distribution and lighting equipment, intentional fire setting, and smoking materials.

The house and attached carport at 1105 N. 8th Street being to collapse under the flames on Tuesday afternoon. No cause has been determined yet.

Over the five-year period from 2014–2018, cooking was the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries, while smoking was the leading cause of home fire deaths."

The NFPA has recommendations for helping to prevent a house fire: 

Watch your cooking

Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling or broiling food. If you must leave, even for a short time, turn off the stove.

Give space heaters space

Keep fixed and portable space heaters at least three feet from anything that can burn. Turn off heaters when you leave the room or go to sleep.

Smoke outside

Ask smokers to smoke outside. Have sturdy, deep ashtrays for smokers.

Keep matches and lighters out of reach

Keep matches and lighters up high, out of the reach of children, preferably in a cabinet with a child lock.

Inspect electrical cords

Replace cords that are cracked, damaged, have broken plugs or have loose connections.

Be careful when using candles

Keep candles at least one foot from anything that can burn. Blow out candles when you leave the room or go to sleep.

Have a home fire escape plan

Make a home fire escape plan and practice it at least twice a year.

Install smoke alarms

Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Interconnect smoke alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound.

Test smoke alarms

Test smoke alarms at least once a month and replace batteries once a year or when the alarm “chirps” to tell you the battery is low. Replace any smoke alarm that is more than 10 years old.

Install sprinklers

If you are building or remodeling your home, install residential fire sprinklers. Sprinklers can contain and may even extinguish a fire in less time than it would take the fire department to arrive.