A rapid response by the Somervell County Fire Department saved a residence on Ivy Drive just outside of the Glen Rose City limits that caught fire just after 1 a.m. on May 14.


The fire caused moderate smoke and heat damage, mostly to areas inside the home in the bathroom and a bedroom, according to information provided by Assistant Fire Chiefs Brian Jones and Steve Willis. Brad Smith, Somervell County’s new fire marshal, said that the cause of the fire is undetermined.


One of the residents of the home was sleeping in the house at the time, but was awakened when she heard her smoke alarm. She was able to escape the house safely, and was also able to get the family dog out as well.


The family was not displaced from the home.


“Smoke detectors will save your life. This is a prime example,” Willis said. “They brought the fire under control in a matter of minutes, and kept damage to a minimum. There was no structural damage. They got it under control pretty fast.”