Crews battle blaze in vacant home on Beaumont Road


WEBSTER—On Tuesday, crews from the Grafton Fire Department (GFD/Company 1) were called into action, as they were alerted to an apparent fire at a vacant home in the Webster area of Taylor County. 

The call came in at approximately 10:27 p.m., for a structure fire at 335 Beaumont Road, and within just seven minutes, crews arrived on the scene of a fully engulf residence. 

Noting the severity of the flames before them, members of the GFD called for mutual aid from Flemington and Fellowsville Volunteer Fire Departments and quickly got to work extinguishing the blaze.  

The team of firefighters hastily began their attack pulling lines from Engine 102, with assistance from engine 101, once on scene. 

Helping to aide in the combatting of the inferno, Grafton Tanker 1 and Flemington’s Engine 302 arrived and set up supply lines to keep Engine 102 sourced with water as the flames roared against their efforts. 

Crews from the Preston County Fire Department also made their way to Taylor County to provide assistance with shuttling water to the scene. 

 Together, crews from the four departments battled the blaze for nearly three hours, containing and controlling the flames from causing further damage to the surrounding area. 

Once the flames had been doused, firefighters applied foam to what was remaining of the structure. 

While the cause of the fire is unknown, it is estimated to have caused nearly $15,000 worth of damage to the building, which was deemed a total loss. 

According to Grafton Fire Chief Ryan Roberts, Company 1 was alerted the following day to the same address for a rekindle, which turned out to be nothing more than smoldering debris. 

“Fortunately, the home was vacant, and no one was hurt,” Roberts noted. “We (the GFD) are grateful for the aid provided by our surrounding departments.” 

He also shared that the incident is currently under investigation.

No further information was available by press time. 

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