A structure was destroyed by fire Sunday.
Somervell County Fire Department was dispatched to the 3900 block of south FM 56 sometime around 11:30 a.m., and rather than risk their lives battling the blaze, firefighters watched and waited as the structure burned to the ground.
Fire Chief Mark Crawford was driving into town with a fellow off-duty firefighter, Jeremiah Lozier of Burleson, when the fire was toned out by local dispatchers. Arriving at the scene, the duo was met by law enforcement officials.
Unsure if anyone was inside the old farm house, Crawford, Lozier and Somervell County Deputy Mike Reynolds entered the structure as flames spread through the building. Moments after they exited, it was engulfed in flames.
Due to the intensity of the fire - and apparent loss of the structure - Crawford made the decision to allow the fire to burn "rather than risk lives."
The Sunday morning blaze was the second in as many days for SCFD. Local crews also responded to a grass fire that spread across an estimated 40 acres in the 1900 block of CR 302 Saturday.
Crawford said seven brush trucks, two tankers, a command vehicle and an ambulance responded to that incident. A call for mutual aid to Hood County was cancelled following quick action of a few local firefighters, he added.
"SCFD Capt. Blaine Stroud and paid firefighter Bobby Epps made a heck of stop," Crawford said.
Stroud serves the department in a volunteer capacity, but works as a lieutenant with the Keene Fire Department.
The Saturday fire was initially ignited as a controlled burn, but weather conditions that included fairly high winds quickly caused the blaze to get out of control.
Crawford said as the fire started rolling, its head measured about five feet tall and 100 yards long.
"I really have to commend those firefighters who were in the first couple of trucks on the scene," Crawford said. "The acted fast and displayed great firefighting skills."