Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

Local News

December 31, 2012

Fires result in little to moderate damage

Cleburne firefighters responded to several home fires and one outdoor fire in recent days. They resulted in no injuries and, in most cases, minimal damage.

Firefighters responded to a report of smoke showing in a home at 12:59 p.m. Dec. 21 in the 1000 block of Williams Avenue. Firefighters found light smoke emitting from an HVAC closet in the house and determined that a condensation drain in the closet had melted and that a significant amount of heat was coming off the heating unit, which was not properly vented.

Firefighters subsequently located a fire in the duct work and in the wall behind the heater and noted heat coming off a kitchen wall that backed the HVAC closet. Firefighters had to cut a portion of wall away to access and extinguish fire and hot spots.

The homeowner said she noticed smoke when she came home from work to let her dogs out and called 911. The woman said she turned the heat on the night before but does not recall if it was still running when she left for work.

Firefighters responded to an unauthorized camp fire at 8:57 p.m. Dec. 22 in the 400 block of Bales Street. They found a barbecue pit in the backyard with a fire burning in it upon arrival. Since the occupants were not using the fire to cook, they extinguished the blaze at the firefighter’s request.

Firefighters responded to a home fire alarm at 8:56 a.m. Dec. 25 in the 3500 block of Dove Creek Road to find light smoke in the home. Wires leading to the blower in the central heating unit apparently overheated and melted. Firefighters removed the unit’s fan motor from the house and set fans to clear out smoke. They also checked the area but found no signs of fire extension.

Police calls

Police and firefighters responded to an assault call at 8:59 p.m. Dec. 22 on Crestridge Drive. A woman said she was punched in the head and abdomen while fighting with her boyfriend. The boyfriend said he hurt his pinkie finger when the woman pushed him into a closet.

Rescue workers transported both to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne for treatment.

Police responded to a theft at 1:50 p.m. the same day in the 300 block of Morgan Street. Someone stole a black Sony Vaio laptop.

Police conducted a traffic stop on suspicion of a stolen vehicle at 2:57 p.m. Dec. 21 in the 300 block of North Wilhite Street. They arrested Christopher Martin Nunez, 27, of Keene on a charge of theft of a motor vehicle. Nunez allegedly failed to return a U-Haul truck reported missing from Florida.

Police responded to a house burglary at 3:53 p.m. the same day in the 200 block of Chad Street. Someone stole a Dell laptop from the home.

Police responded to a theft at 4:11 a.m. Dec. 22 in the 400 block of West Willingham Street. Someone stole a Poulan gas leaf blower and a yellow work light stand from the victim’s front porch.

Police responded to a dog theft at 1:04 p.m. Dec. 24 in the 500 block of West Heard Street. Someone stole a female pit bull, 2, with blue eyes from the homeowner’s front yard.

Police responded to a theft at 4:27 p.m. the same day in the 3500 block of Dove Creek Road. Someone stole a log tree swing from the front yard.

Police responded to a single-vehicle accident with no injuries at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 900 block of Surry Place Drive.

The driver of a GMC Sierra, traveling northbound into a left curve, looked down at his cellphone, struck the curb and left the road, according to reports. Traveling in a northerly direction, the truck struck a mailbox and a wooden light pole, which broke and landed on top of the truck’s cab. The truck continued on and struck a security light pole in the front yard of a home before coming to a stop.

Police cited the driver for unsafe movement to the right.

Police responded to a burglary at 4:16 a.m. the same day in the 2000 block of Granbury Street. Someone stole a red riding lawn mower of unknown make and an electric drain cleaner from a storage building.

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