A woman suffered injuries during a Saturday house fire, according to reports. Rescue workers said a family member assisted the woman in escaping the house but had no additional details of her injuries or condition.

Cleburne firefighters responded at 9:40 p.m. to the 700 block of Phillips Street to find heavy smoke pouring from the house and flames on one side. All occupants were out of the home by that time.

Crews entered the home but found conditions too hot to continue so they vented the house on one side and fought the fire from the outside until they managed to knock down enough to re-enter the home and extinguish the rest of the fire. Firefighters used about 1,000 gallons of water in fighting the fire.

Other firefighters stood at the ready to protect two adjacent structures on either side of the home, neither of which suffered damage.

Firefighters were able to identify the ignition point but not the cause and the fire remains under investigation.

Firefighters responded to gas leak calls on Saturday and Monday, both of which were caused by construction crews installing handicap accessible curbs throughout downtown.

Firefighters responded at 2:16 p.m. Saturday to the 200 block of North Caddo Street on a gas line rupture.

Concrete company workers who were installing new sidewalk sections hit a gas feeder line, according to reports. Firefighters monitored the area until Atmos Energy workers arrived to crimp off the line.

Monday’s gas leak closed a portion of Brown and Main streets for several hours. Firefighters responded at 11:22 a.m. to find an actively leaking line. A construction crew struck a 2-inch gas line, according to reports.

Firefighters used monitors to establish a safe zone perimeter and evacuated one person from a business. Atmos Energy workers arrived and plugged the line and remained on scene until additional crew members arrived to repair the leak. They checked the surrounding area for leaks or signs of gas but found none.

Cleburne police and firefighters responded at 10:08 a.m. Monday to the Johnson County MHMR Center on a bomb threat. Firefighters assisted police with evacuation of the building. A search of the premises, however, turned up nothing unusual or suspicious.


Cleburne police calls

Police responded to a burglary call at 7:58 a.m. Thursday in the 900 block of Bales Street. Someone forced open the front door of a vacated residence and stole an item. Reports do not indicate what the item was.

Police responded to a theft call at 11:23 a.m. Jan. 31 in the 300 block of Morgan Street. Someone stole items from the bed of the victim’s pickup.

Police responded at 11:27 p.m. Saturday to the 800 block of South Ridgeway Drive on reports of a suspicious vehicle parked in front of a residence. They arrested the driver, Michael Gene Leifeste, 33, of Cleburne, on a charge of possession of a controlled substance.

React to this story:


This Week's Circulars