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Woodlands home destroyed in fire

January 7, 2019

An unoccupied home in The Woodlands was destroyed in an early morning fire Sunday.

Assistant Fire Chief Clint Cooke of the South Montgomery Fire Department said the cause of the fire at the home at 25911 Oak Ridge Drive has not been determined and is still under investigation. No one was home at the time of the blaze, and there were no injuries suffered by any firefighters who helped extinguish the flames, he added.

The fire was first reported at 1:30 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 6. Firefighters with the South Montgomery County Fire Department were the first on scene, and were later assisted by a crew from The Woodlands Fire Deparment, Cooke said.

“It was called a one-alarm. (Firefighters) Managed to contain (the fire) to the original structure. A neighborhing building has some light heat damage,” Cooke explained. “A neighbor or passerby reported it. We were there with in five minutes. When we arrived, (the building) was fully engulfed.”

Early reports on social media that the home was the site of a business were inaccurate, Cooke noted, as the building was residential. The area nearby the home does have several other former homes that are now businesses, but this home had not been transformed, he added.

Another false claim on social media, Cooke added, is that an arrest was made in connection to the fire. He said that a male subject was arrested near the scene, but authorities determined he had no role in the fire and was merely alleged to be intoxicated. The unidentified male was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication, Cooke said.

No potential cause for the blaze has been determined, and Cooke said investigators with the Montgomery County Fire Marshal’s office are conducting the investigation.

jeff.forward@chron.com

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