Van Weese

Van Weese

Chief Executive Officer at SMK TRANSIT L.L.C.

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City of The Colony

nt Fire Chief Retired  - The Colony Fire Department

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Van Weese
972-625-3944 vweese@thecolonytx.gov

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The Colony Assistant Fire Chief Van Weese said the homeowners called in to dispatch after they were awakened by a smoke detector going off shortly after 5 a.m. at their residence in the 5900 block of Sandhill Circle.
"They looked for the fire, and when they found it, that's when they decided they couldn't do anything about it," Weese said. "That's also when they evacuated." The two-story structure was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived, and the fire quickly went to two alarms. Firefighters from Carrollton, Lewisville and Little Elm came in to assist during the three-hour battle. Weese said the fire started in the garage and progressed through the attic of the home, burning off the roof. The couple are insured and received assistance, officials said. "We have started an investigation into the cause, but so far we believe it was accidental," Weese said.

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The fires caused significant damage and displaced the residents of both homes, said Van Weese, assistant fire chief.
The first call came in at 1:10 a.m. in the 4100 block of Ballard Trail, officials said. The three-alarm fire was located in the attic of the two-story home above the master bedroom. Weese said the residents reported the fire and were out of their home when firefighters arrived. Officials said one resident suffered some burns but refused treatment on the scene. A firefighter also suffered minor injuries, he said. During the investigation of the first fire, a call was received at 3:04 a.m. for the second fire two miles across town in the 4600 block of Lake Park Drive. Weese said he believes the fire was reported by a passerby because firefighters had to awaken the residents and remove them from the burning home. The fire was located in the attic, fire officials said. A Carrollton firefighter who had responded to help was injured and transported to an area hospital, Weese said, and he was believed to be in good condition. Units from Lewisville, Carrollton, Plano and Little Elm assisted with fighting the fires. "It's great to have neighbors that work so well together and I'm thankful for all the assistance," Weese said. The American Red Cross was assisting both families. Weese said the cause of each blaze is under investigation and will not be confirmed for a few days.

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