A Wednesday fire along Farm-to-Market Road 917 near Joshua looks to have been intentionally set, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Detective Steve Shaw said on Thursday morning.

Shaw said initial indications point toward two separate fires, about 100 yards apart, which merged into a the larger blaze.

Cleburne Assistant Fire Chief Keith Scarbrough said the fires, which closed a portion of the road, originated near the side of the road.

Joshua firefighters responded to the fire site at about 5:30 p.m. and were still on scene Thursday afternoon.

Firefighters reported no injuries, but confirmed that the fire threatened several homes and consumed one vacant home and an adjacent shed. The fire also caused minor damage to the vinyl siding of a house north of the burned home, Joshua Chief Wayne Baker said.

The fire scorched several other area homes and outbuildings as well, Shaw reported late Tuesday.

“We had about 10 departments helping out through about midnight,” Baker said. “We kept one of our brush trucks out through the night, and have two [brush trucks] and a command vehicle out there today. It’s definitely contained, but we’re still mopping up and checking the area for hot spots.”

In addition to Joshua, Johnson County Emergency Services District No. 1 records show that firefighters from Cleburne, Godley, Alvarado, Keene, Briaroaks, Crowley and Burleson responded to the scene.

Cleburne firefighters responded to the 600 block of North Anglin Street at 2:02 p.m. Tuesday on reports of a fire in the backyard of a residence.

Firefighters found a pile of grass clippings and other debris ablaze in the front yard of the residence, which they extinguished with about 335 gallons of water. The homeowners were not present at the time of the incident.

Police calls

Cleburne police responded to the Goodwill Store on West Henderson Street on a theft call at 3:23 p.m. Wednesday. Store surveillance video captures a white male grab a donation jar from the counter and flee the store. The jar held an undisclosed amount of coins and cash, according to reports. The theft remains under investigation.

Police took two reports involving purse thefts at H-E-B Grocery Store.

Police responded to the store at 10:21 a.m. Wednesday. A woman reported that someone stole her purse from a shopping cart while she sorted through the meat section searching out the best deals.

Another woman visited the Cleburne Police Department on Tuesday to report that someone stole her purse from a shopping cart at the same store on Monday while she was at the checkout.

Police responded to home burglary in the 1300 block of Cindy Court at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday. Someone stole several thousand dollars worth of jewelry.

Police responded to an attempted break in at a business in the 500 block of North Main Street at 12:53 a.m. Thursday. Someone pried the back door of the business open. Reports do not indicate if anything was stolen. Investigation into the matter remains pending.

Wrecks

Police responded to a single-vehicle accident at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday in the 500 block of Hix Road.

The driver of a Toyota Corolla, traveling northbound, struck a large pothole, which caused the car’s right wheel to break loose. The car lost control, slid into a ditch and struck a small tree. The driver suffered no injuries.

Police responded to a Wednesday hit-and-run involving two vehicles parked in a lot in the 1600 block of West Henderson Street. The driver of a Dodge pickup apparently failed to set the parking brake when exiting the vehicle.

The vehicle rolled, striking another parked and unoccupied truck. Returning to discover what had happened, the Dodge driver fled the scene, according to reports.

The report lists no charges having yet been filed in the matter.

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