Perrin house fire brings total loss to couple

September 12, 2016     By Sandi Argo

A house fire occurred last night, shortly after 9pm, on the north end of Mark Street in Perrin. The cause of the blaze is yet to be determined but the house and its contents were a complete loss. What started as a quiet late summer night turned upside down when the man that owned the home woke up and heard silence. According to the couple’s son in law, the couple used a window unit air conditioner to keep their bedroom cooler at night. Once the man woke up he realized that the unit was not on. Right then he also saw something outside the window, which he realized was a reflection of flames that were glowing from the other side of the house. Upon that realization, the man then woke his wife and they ran out of the burning home. The man went back inside to grab a pair of pants, but didn’t have time to get anything else. “He didn’t think he was going to get out” the son in law said.

Units responded from Perrin, Jacksboro and Jack County VFD, Jack County Sheriff, Texas Department of Public Safety. EMT personnel stayed on the scene, which turned out to be a vital role as the fire progressed. With the house ablaze, the woman that owned the home began having health issues at the scene. Thanks to the swift response of the EMT’s the woman was diagnose as having a potential heart attack, which was confirmed later at the Weatherford Regional Hospital after being air evacuated from the parking lot of the Perrin High School. Although she is in the ICU, she seemed to be stable, according to the family.

The fire departments put to use a Fol-da-Tank, used by the rural and city departments to keep water and pressure at a steady flow while putting out a fire. According to their website…

Fol-Da-Tank® Company patented the first folding tank in 1954 and introduced it to firefighters who immediately recognized it’s value and quality. Fol-Da-Tank Company has proven to be the practical answer as an extra water supply for rural and forestry needs. The company designs and manufactures the tanks in 9 standard sizes with steel or aluminum frames available.

Self-Supporting tanks are another specialty that the company manufactures. Sizes range from 500-20,000 gallons. These tanks are used for rural and forestry emergencies.

Other products available include: Floating and Low Level Strainers, Supply Line Holders, Clapper Valves, Salvage Covers, Triage Tarps and Secondary Containment Berms.

Fol-Da-Tank sells to the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Army, Navy and many other government agencies. The Fol-Da-Tank is known world wide not only for firefighting but also for oil spill clean up and storage. Their products are also used on the North Slope of Alaska for emergency containment.

With the tank deployed, the firefighters were able to keep water on the burning home into the wee hours of the morning. The Red Cross was dispatched to the scene, and met with the family on Tuesday. Although things are very “raw” right now, the family says they will plan to rebuild. “The important thing is that everyone is okay, or will be” one family member said, adding “It was their home, it was their things but there are other things far more important than a house. We’re ok. Our family will be ok.”

Tanker from JCRVFD unloads water at the scene of a house fire late Monday night.

Tanker from JCRVFD unloads water at the scene of a house fire late Monday night.

Once the portable tank is set up, tankers can fill with water (up to 20,000 gallons) the tank that is pictured can hold up to 4000 gallons.

Once the portable tank is set up, tankers can fill with water (up to 20,000 gallons) the tank that is pictured can hold up to 4000 gallons.

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