A Keene home was destroyed Friday morning after a 2007 GMC Yukon caught on fire in the owner’s driveway.

No injuries were reported, but the vehicle was also destroyed, Fire Chief Matt Gillin said.

The fire started around 4 a.m. when the Yukon exploded in flames, Gillin said. The car was parked about 15 feet from the front door of the home on Farm-to-Market Road 2280.

Neighbors heard the explosion and called the home’s sleeping owners, Debbie and Dennis Lehman, to alert them.

“The young boys next door called and said, ‘Mrs. Lehman, your car’s on fire.’ So I went to Dennis and woke him up and said, ‘It’s catching the house on fire. We’ve got to get out of here,’” Debbie Lehman said.

The Lehmans hastily grabbed some clothes and one or two important items, but by then smoke was swirling through the air of the home, Debbie Lehman said.

The neighbors also called the Keene Fire Department, who responded to the scene.

But before they could douse the flames, radiant heat had expanded to the attic of the home and engulfed the home in flames, Gillin said.

“At that point, there was nothing we could do,” he said.

Even with mutual aid from area fire departments, the firefighters encountered difficulties, Gillin said.

The Keene Fire Department only had two firefighters on shift. They had to wait for mutual aid to arrive before they could enter the home to fight the fire. At one point they ran out of water.

The home, in the 3400 block of FM 2280, was recently annexed by the city of Keene.

The Cleburne, Joshua, Godley, Alvarado, Briar Oaks and Liberty Chapel fire departments provided mutual aid.

Debbie Lehman said she was grateful to the firefighters, who worked hard and did everything they could to try to save her home.

Friends and family gathered Friday morning to console the Lehmans. From the backyard, the Lehmans could see straight through the home’s remaining walls to the burned remnants of the Yukon in their driveway.

“The Lord got us out, and that’s what counts,” Debbie Lehman said. “Easter’s postponed, but it’s not canceled.”

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating two similar complaints of Yukons catching fire and burning homes, according to reports on www.consumeraffairs.com. If a defect is identified, up to 400,000 vehicles could be recalled.

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