15 years later, a Nation remembers 9-11 attack

Austin Aldridge participating in the Climb for a Calling in Fort Worth. Photo by Ben Saladino
Austin Aldridge participating in the Climb for a Calling in Fort Worth. Photo by Ben Saladino

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”

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Explosion caught on video as house destroyed in blaze

White Settlement Firefighters run hose lines to help battle a fire at a home on Allencrest Drive in White Settlement. Photo by WSFD
White Settlement Firefighters run hose lines to help battle a fire at a home on Allencrest Drive in White Settlement. Photo by WSFD

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”

Benbrook council approves new fire truck for city

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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”

Dispatchers get hands-on look at SWAT operations

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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.

Fire department called to North Elementary

The Fort Worth Fire Department at North Elementary School in WSISD.
The Fort Worth Fire Department at North Elementary School in WSISD.

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.

Fire destroys home

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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.

Grass fire threatens homes and businesses

White Settlement and Cresson Fire Departments spray hot spots after the grass fire in Benbrook. In the background you can see the Benbrook Walmart and other businesses. Photo by Chris Wortham/WSVFD
White Settlement and Cresson Fire Departments spray hot spots after the grass fire in Benbrook. In the background you can see the Benbrook Walmart and other businesses. Photo by Chris Wortham/WSVFD

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”

Fire departments kept busy by house fires and fireworks

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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”

White Settlement, other areas, under burn ban

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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.

Quick action douses flames

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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.

Firemen save house in Westpoint addition

Area neighbors watched as firefighters battled a fire and heavy smoke at a two-story home in the 2900 block of Wispy Trail in west Fort Worth. The first call came in around 9:45 p.m. last Wednesday.

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.

Firefighters control flames; house suffers smoke, water damage

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.

Firefighters search the garage area for the cause of the fire at this house in west Fort Worth.

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 at seniors’ apartment complex injures woman

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.

The call came in just after midnight at the two-story complex that advertises as a retirement community.

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.

Suspicious fire destroys unit in mobile home park

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.

Photo by Chris Wortham

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.