The nation paused on Sunday to remember the nearly 3,000 lives lost 15 years ago when terrorists launched a coordinated attack on two World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon, and hijacked a fourth plane destined for an unknown location. Continue reading “15 years later, a Nation remembers 9-11 attack”
By Ben Posey
A neighbor’s video captured an explosion at a home in White Settlement this past week. The neighbor shot the video just before fire crews arrived at the scene on Allencrest Drive near Las Vegas Trail Thursday night as the house fire turned into a fireball. Continue reading “Explosion caught on video as house destroyed in blaze”
by A.C. Hall
A new Spartan Metro-Star Chassis Fire Pumper vehicle was approved for purchase at the latest Benbrook City Council meeting. Fire Chief Tommy Davis presented this item to the council, informing them that their existing fire pumper vehicle did not pass a recent inspection. Chief Davis also pointed out that the current fire pumper is from 1988. Continue reading “Benbrook council approves new fire truck for city”
On March 11 the White Settlement Police Department SWAT team hosted the Tarrant County 911 District Basic Tactical Dispatch Practical Exercise. This is the second time that the WSPD SWAT team has hasted this event. Designed to give dispatchers an up close look at SWAT operations, the scenario based exercises showed several aspects of SWAT. This included basic tactical deployment with an emphasis on communication responsibilities. The training was attended by various agencies throughout North Texas.
North Elementary students and staff were evacuated the afternoon of Thursday, March 19 at approximately 2 p.m., and the Fire Department was called to investigate reports of smoke in the building. An air conditioning fan had stopped working, resulting in smoke in an area of the school. Students and staff were able to return to the building within the hour.
A large plume of smoke to the Southwest of Benbrook on Monday prompted numerous calls to emergency agencies in the area. The massive dark colored smoke cloud was from a controlled prairie ecology burn at the Bass ranch near Cresson. The cloud was seen by most in the western half of the Metroplex and as far North as Denton.
Even with the rainstorm moving through this past week, area firefighters are still battling dry conditions around the area. Continue reading “Hot, dry conditions keep firefighters busy”
The White Settlement Fire Department (WSFD) was called early Sunday morning to a residential structure fire in the 8200 bloc k of Sussex Dr. in White Settlement. The fire is currently being investigated by the WSFD, Tarrant County and the State Fire Marshal’s office. No injuries were reported and the building is believed to be a complete loss.
Photo courtesy of the WSFD.
Nearly 50 people are displaced after a 2-alarm fire burned through The Legacy apartments in White Settlement Sunday evening. Continue reading “Apartment fire displaces families in White Settlement”
White Settlement Firefighters responded to an apartment fire in the 9200 block of Dale Lane on Monday around 4:30 p.m. One occupant was treated for smoke inhalation at the scene. Continue reading “Firefighters responds to apartment blaze”
Fire fighters responded to 9209 Heron Dr. shortly after 7 Tuesday morning and found a large storage building fully engulfed. Continue reading “Firefighters battle blaze and cold temps”
Five families were forced out of their apartment home this past Sunday as an early morning blaze broke out at the Hills Apartments complex in the 3100 block of West Normandale in west Fort Worth. Continue reading “Westside apartment complex burns, families displaced”
The White Settlement Fire Department was called to the 8100 block of Raymond Street around noon Saturday. The first arriving crew of Lt. K. Gage, Engineer B. Giles, Lt. C. Giles and Probationary Firefighter B. Harrell found the home fully engulfed in flames. No injuries were reported, but the structure was a total loss.
by Ben Posey
A major grass fire in Benbrook threatened homes and businesses this past weekend as firefighters battled the flames as well as triple digit temperatures. The White Settlement Fire Department along with Aledo and Cresson were called to assist the Benbrook Fire Department in putting out the fire. Continue reading “Grass fire threatens homes and businesses”
by Ben Posey
We all heard the story and saw the horrific pictures of the massive 2-story home near Eagle Mountain Lake that was destroyed by fire this past week. Continue reading “Smoke beckons firefighter on trip home from work”
Local firefighters were called to help at a house fire in the 9200 block of West Fork Trail near Eagle Mountain Lake on Tuesday. Continue reading “Fire destroys home near Eagle Mountain Lake”
The White Settlement Fire Department (WSFD) assisted on a mutual aid fire call in Parker County on Sunday just west of town on White Settlement Road. They assisted both the Aledo and Azle fire departments. Major damage was reported to a 2-story home and that fire is under investigation. Continue reading “Fire departments kept busy by house fires and fireworks”
The City of White Settlement along with other areas in North Texas issued a burn ban on Monday of this week. It includes any outdoor burning of firepits or trash as well as any outdoor welding. Currently, it is ok to grill with propane gas.
“It is just so dry right now,” said Fire Marshall R.J. Schwartz. “We are just asking everyone to be careful.”
On non-red flag days, charcoal grilling or manufactured smokers may be used.
A kitchen grease fire broke out at an apartment in the 100 block of S. Las Vegas Trail on Saturday evening. Three engines responded from the White Settlement Volunteer Fire Department. The fire was put out before causing damage to other units in the building.
“Thanks to the 3-man staff of firefighters at the station, we were able to respond to the fire and keep damages minimal,” said Fire Chief Brian Thompson.
Heavy smoke fill the one unit and firefighters had to cut a whole in the ceiling to make sure no active flames were burning in the attic.
Lightning strikes from a thunderstorm this past week struck two homes in the Fort Worth area, one hitting close to home in Tejas Trails. Continue reading “Total loss declared on house struck by lightning”
Area residents watched a plume of smoke fill the sky as a unoccupied house was burned by the fire department in a training exercise this past week. White Settlement firemen trained on roof ventilation techniques before setting this house ablaze on Wilbur Street. The house was a vacant, city owned property.
White Settlement firefighters responded to a house fire on Wilbur Street this past weekend. Continue reading “House destroyed in blaze”
Firefighters from multiple agencies — including Fort Worth, Benbrook and Crowley — joined forces this past weekend to battle a large grass fire in southwest Tarrant County on the eastern shore of Benbrook Lake. Continue reading “Grass fire near Lake Benbrook worries residents in area”
Suspects use sub-machine gun to rob Benbrook food mart
Fort Worth Police are looking for three young black males who used handguns and a sub-machine gun to rob a food mart in Benbrook. Continue reading “Police and Fire beats around the area”
At least 7 units responded to the scene as onlookers saw thick, black smoke pouring from a 2nd story window on the front of the house. Firefighters used several hoses to extinguish the flames and a large air circulating fan to move the heavy smoke from the house.
The cause of the fire was under investigation and a dollar amount for damages was unavailable.
White smoke poured from the garage and attic turbines this past Friday morning around 9 a.m. as Fort Worth firefighters arrived in the 600 block of Burlington Ave. in Westpoint.
Engine 32 was the first of five units to respond to the scene where firefighters entered the home through the front door and immediately attacked a blaze in the garage area. Other crew members from Engines 16 and 23 used a gas powered circular saw to cut an opening in the garage door for ventilation. The occupants of the home escaped safely and firefighters found the homeowner’s pets safe and secure in another part of the house. No information was available on what started the fire.
Fire officials responded to a small fire this past week at Normandale Place apartments on the west side. One woman was treated for unknown injuries at a nearby hospital.
A maintenance worker used a fire extinguisher on the fire as firefighters arrived on scene. The fire was determined to be accidental and the damage estimate was undetermined.
Fire broke out in a vacant mobile home in the Rollahome Park in the 200 block of South Grants Lane this past Saturday night around 8 p.m. The home was fully engulfed in flames as the first crew on Engine 2 from the White Settlement Volunteer Fire Department arrived on scene. Mutual aid was received from Lockheed Engine 27.
Lieutenant Steve Osborn, Engineer Kevin Richter, Firefighter’s Brady Graham and Brandon Giles protected other mobile home units in the area before beginning fire suppression on the engulfed structure.
Currently, mobile home trailers in the complex are either being demolished or moved to another site.
No one was injured in the fire which was suspicious in nature and remains under investigation.