Update 11:36 AM — Members of the Grape Creek Volunteer Fire Department say they were dispatched to a structure fire on the 10600 block of Cottontail Lane shortly after 8:30 this morning, Tuesday, September 21, 2021.
Firefighters say they arrived on the scene to find a 1200 – 1400 square-foot home, approximately half of which was burning. They say they were advised occupants had evacuated the building.
“Due to fire involvement, [spread and intensity of the fire], and shortage of personnel on-scene we immediately went into what’s called defensive operations,” said a representative from the Grape Creek Volunteer Fire Department. “Which is where we stand back, keep the fire confined to the structure of origin.”
“We were also having to battle high winds coming in from the North, so our main priority was just to keep this fire here on this property.”
In total, four volunteer fire departments responded to the fire in Grape Creek. Those departments include Grape Creek VFD, Carlsbad VFD, Quail Valley VFD, and Water Valley VFD.
Firefighters say the home is a total loss, however the occupants did make it out of the building and are in contact with the Red Cross.
Update: 11:07 AM — The Concho Valley Homepage team was able to get photos of the fire in Grape Creek, which they say is till ongoing.
GRAPE CREEK, Texas (10:00 AM) — The Grape Creek Volunteer Fire Department, along with units from the Quail Valley Volunteer Fire Department, have responded to a structure fire on the 10000 block of Cottontail Lane in Grape Creek.
According to sources on the scene, the fire appears to involve a home or outbuilding on a piece of property that is partially surrounded by a privacy fence. A witness said small explosions, “similar to ammunition (or) paint cans” could be heard.
The witness also said strong winds may be helping to spread the fire.
This is a developing story and will be updated with more information as it becomes available.