By Judy Sheridan
Four horses burned to death locked in their stalls March 10 when a fire of undetermined cause engulfed a 60-year old wood frame barn in the 6500 block of Bear Creek Road south of Annetta South.
Aledo Fire Chief Morris Leondar said the horses were dead and the barn had collapsed when firefighters arrived.
“It was completely gone,” he said. “A few flames were coming from under the metal roof. It took us a couple, three hours to put out all the hot spots.”
Betty Parker, of Reilly Brothers Property Company, which manages the 20-30 acre tract the barn was located on, said the land is owned by a partnership that includes Bear Creek 4011 LP and corporate general partner BAYR Bear Creek LLC.
The tenant family who lives in the house on the property raised the horses from colts, she said, and is heartbroken over their loss.
The family was at church when the fire started, she said.
Leondar said the fire was called in by a motorist who was unsure of its location, and it took some time to pinpoint the site, in the southernmost part of the fire district.
The call came in at 2:12 p.m., according to Parker County Fire Marshal Frank Watson, and firefighters, from departments in Aledo, Willow Park, Hudson Oaks and Cresson, began arriving at 2:31 p.m.
Watson said the high winds — some 20 to 36 miles per hour — did not carry the fire to hogs and chickens penned within 100 feet of the barn.
“The winds were blowing in the other direction,” he said, “but we were extremely worried and were being cautious about a grass fire breaking out.”
Watson said the fire’s cause will likely remain undetermined because so little of the structure remains.
“From just talking to neighbors and those on the first arriving engine, I think the barn was fully involved before anyone called,” he said.
By Judy Sheridan
- Aledo ExtrA
ESD No. 3 accepts petition from residents in Annettas, ETJs.
Three days after voters approved the annexation of Aledo’s fire district by Emergency Services District No. 1 on May 11, the board of ESD No. 3 voted to give some residents of Aledo’s fire district a different choice: coverage by ESD No. 3 instead.
Aledo VFD annexation proposal passes
Despite stiff opposition from most East Parker County mayors, Parker County voters decided May 11 that the Aledo Volunteer Fire Department district will join Emergency Services District No. 1.
Aledo teen needs heart transplant
Aledo Middle School student Dylan Hancock needs a heart transplant, and volunteers from the Aledo community — some 20 strong — are working hard to make sure he will be able to afford the many related expenses.
Ceremony kicks off construction of RWMH's connection to Interstate 20
The barricades stop southbound traffic on the Ric Williamson Memorial Highway at Ranger Highway. But the pavement continues, stopping just short of Interstate 20.
Fire from storm displaces family
Three family members were displaced due to a house fire in the 100 block of Portales Drive, near Thunder Head Lane, Wednesday night after lightning reportedly struck the roof of the home’s garage, igniting the attic.
Aledo ISD police officer honored
The Weatherford Optimist Club has presented the Law Enforcement Award to Aledo ISD Police Corporal Stephanie Alvarez.
Watkins resigns from Place 4; Hiebert appointed
Aledo City Councilman Randy Watkins has resigned after moving out of the city limits.
City to celebrate 50th anniversary Saturday
Martha Daugherty Beckman, daughter of the City of Aledo’s first mayor, will be on hand to help the city celebrate 50 years of incorporation this Saturday, May 18, during a program beginning at 10 a.m. at the Aledo Community Center, 104 Robinson Court.
Back then: Aledo long-timer Freddy Detherage
Freddy Detherage has spent a lifetime in the Aledo area.
Back then: Aledo long-timer W. H. "Dub" Bearden
W. H. “Dub” Bearden, 83, knows a thing or two about Aledo.
- More Aledo ExtrA Headlines
- ESD No. 3 accepts petition from residents in Annettas, ETJs.