The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

November 21, 2013

Occupant escapes house fire in town

Palestine Herald-Press


A fire destroyed a wood-frame home in Palestine just a few blocks away from the Anderson County Courthouse Wednesday afternoon.

The Palestine Fire Department received a call at about 3:45 p.m. Wednesday after Anderson County Sheriff's Deputy and DARE Officer Pat Douthit-Green drove by the home at 805 E. Crawford St. and saw smoke.

“The occupant was asleep in the back room and awoke to something falling on him,” Palestine Fire Chief Alan Wilcher told the Herald-Press at the scene of the fire Wednesday. “When he opened his eyes, the room was full of smoke.”

Worried that he wouldn't be able to get out of the front of the house, the man opened up a back window and jumped out.

“That's when it really began to get smoky in the bedroom so it was good that he did that because he may have walked into a fire in the front part of the house,” Wilcher said.

The man was treated at the scene by the Palestine Regional Medical Center EMS.

Wilcher said the home was “more than likely” a complete loss due to the amount of flames when they arrived on the scene. As of about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, he had not been able to walk through the structure to investigate as firefighters were still putting out hot spots.

According to information given to him at the scene, Wilcher said four to five people lived at the home.

Wilcher stressed the importance of having the house number or address visible on the front of the home in case of an emergency.

“This home was clearly marked with the address, which makes it easier for emergency responders to find, but in many cases, homes do not have an address visible,” Wilcher said.