Fire

BELTON — The Belton Fire Department battled a fully-involved house fire at 2081 Connell Street at about 2:53 p.m. Monday.

A neighbor called to report the fire.

When firefighters arrived, the blaze threatened another nearby home, but firefighters stopped it before a neighbor’s house was damaged, city of Belton spokesman Paul Romer said Monday.

The home’s occupant was at work when the fire happened, Romer said. No one was injured.

The homeowner was on his way to the burned home just before 5 p.m., Belton Fire Chief Bruce Pritchard said.

Belton firefighters arrived just four minutes after the call was dispatched. Pritchard expected the scene to be released at about 6 p.m., he said.

The crackling from the mobile home burning could have sounded like ammunition, but there was none, Pritchard said.

What sounded like rapid-fire ammunition detonations were heard for a sustained period of time, Paul Merideth said Monday.

“I and my neighbor both commented that their ammo cache was burning up with dramatic effect,” Merideth said.

Merideth, pastor at Northside Church of Christ in Temple, lives about two blocks from the fire. Only a small, wooded area separated him and the fire Monday. Merideth and a neighbor called 911 as the fire department vehicles raced past, he said.

“So I can you that the response was very quick. Great job to our first responders,” Merideth said.

Central Bell Fire & Rescue assisted the department by serving as standby for the city while firefighters were engaged with the fire, Romer said.

The fire was under control at about 3:14 p.m.

Responding for the Belton Fire Department were an engine, a ladder truck, two command vehicles, a rehabilitation truck, an investigator vehicle and two ambulances, Romer said.