A Monday house fire caused damage but resulted in no injuries.

Cleburne firefighters responded at 7:07 p.m. to the 200 block of Odell Street to find the home’s occupants outside. The homeowner told firefighters she was cooking on a grill located on the back porch when it ignited the wall of an enclosure. 

Firefighters observed flames spreading from the grill, which they extinguished with a can of water, according to reports. Firefighters set fans to clear smoke from the area and began salvage and overhaul operations. 

The homeowner said she failed to properly clean the grill before using it, according to reports. 

Firefighters responded to reports of the smell of gas in a duplex at 10:45 a.m. Sunday in the 1100 block of East Chambers Street. 

Residents living in the building’s west side said they smelled gas but could not locate the source. The smell, they said, was strongest at the common wall with the other side of the duplex. Firefighters walked to the east side of the duplex to find the resident sitting on the front porch and were “immediately able to smell gas” inside the duplex. A valve feeding a gas heater appeared to be the culprit, a suspicion firefighters confirmed with an air monitor.

Firefighters cut off the valve and opened front and back doors to clear gas from the duplex. They advised the resident to leave the valve turned off until repair workers could correct the situation.

Firefighters responded to another gas leak call at 9:16 p.m. the same day in the 900 block of Hemphill Street to find the occupants in the driveway.

The homeowner said the smell of gas was noticeable in the house but particularly strong in the garage. Firefighters opened the garage door and noticed the smell of gasoline near two lawn mowers. The homeowner told firefighters he moved the lawn mowers into the garage earlier that same day. That, firefighters told him, was the source of his gas smell. Firefighters advised him to move the mowers outside and air out the garage.

Cleburne firefighters assisted Liberty Chapel firefighters on an oil spill call on Saturday. Cleburne firefighters responded at 9:46 a.m. that day to the 5800 block of County Road 313A to find a wrecker retrieving a Ford Ranger that had gone off a bridge and caught fire.

Liberty Chapel firefighters arrived to find the truck fully involved. They quickly extinguished the fire but not before about five quarts of oil leaked into a creek.

The creek was slow moving and oil was pooled on both sides of the bridge. Cleburne firefighters used absorbent bags to soak up a good deal of the oil. Johnson County Emergency Management Director Jamie Moore arrived on scene to oversee the remainder of clean up operations.

Cleburne firefighters responded to a public assistance call at 12:37 p.m. Sunday in the 2200 block of Pipeline Road. A person in a motorized wheelchair became stuck on a step inside the residence. Firefighters unstuck the wheelchair and sent the resident on his way.

Cleburne police calls

Cleburne police responded to a burglary call at 6 a.m. Nov. 28 in the 1400 block of North Nolan River Road. Someone forced entry into the victim’s house. It appears that the burglar took nothing, according to reports.

Police responded to a second burglary call at 11:40 a.m. Nov. 29 in the 400 block of West Hyde Park Boulevard. The homeowner returned to find someone inside the residence. The suspect fled on foot before police arrived. 

Police responded to yet another burglary call at 12 p.m. Friday in the 300 block of West Earl Street. Someone forced entry into a storage shed and went on to steal several items.

Police responded to a theft call at 1:39 p.m. the same day in the 4200 block of Windmill Drive. Someone stole a package from the victim’s front porch. The package contained a computer monitor, according to reports.

Police responded to a fraud call at 2:11 p.m. the same day in the 600 block of North Main Street. The victim told police he paid for roof work but the payee never performed the work.

At 8:16 p.m. the same day an officer saw a man kicking the door of a vehicle in a parking lot in the 1100 block of South Main Street. The officer arrested the man, Christopher Lane Harvison, 21, on charges of marijuana possession and possession of a controlled substance. Reports list no address for the suspect.

Police responded to a theft call at 4:20 a.m. Saturday in the 1700 block of North Main Street. Someone stole tires and wheels from two vehicles on the premises.


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