Early morning fire at Sherman apartment complex

By: KXII Staff Email
By: KXII Staff Email

SHERMAN, TX -- An early morning fire at the Peppertree Townhomes in Sherman had firefighters busy dousing flames early Friday morning.

Sherman Fire Chief J.J. Jones says it happened at the Peppertree Townhomes in the 1900 block of West Taylor Street in Sherman near the FM1417 intersection.

Fire Chief J.J. Jones says the flames sparked around 6 a.m. after someone left a candle unattended. It actually took firefighters from all over the Grayson County area to get the flames under control.

No one was seriously injured, but firefighter did get debris in his eyes. He was treated on the scene and returned back to work.

"Crews did real well. We were able to get inside real quick, contain the fire to two of the four units, a little bit of smoke damage to the third unit. But again, make sure everybody was out, keep the fire of the rest of the building, contain the fire and they did quick work about getting it put out," Jones said.

Chief Jones says the total amount of damage is estimated at $150,000.


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  • by Another Person Who Knows Location: Sherman on Aug 1, 2009 at 08:02 AM
    Unless you were there and watching what they did, I suggest that you not comment on the fire fighters’ performance. They acted professionally, made sure all of the people and pets were safe, and they prevented the damage from being any worse than what it was. I cannot imagine willingly doing what they do, or facing what they face. The heat and the smoke are terrifying, yet they wade into it willingly. If it takes them some time to setup, then so be it. I assume there is a science to fighting a fire, and they know what they are doing.
  • by Some one who knows Location: Sherman on Jul 27, 2009 at 01:51 PM
    Some of you people on here making these negative comments about the fire department have no clue what you are talking about. As a firefighter when you respond to a call in an apartment building your first priority is conducting a search of the buildings to ensure none of the occupants need to be rescued. You ask how come it takes so long for the fire department to start spraying water on the fire... The reason is the firefighters are looking to make sure everyone is out of the buildings, as firefighters are conducting a search the others on the fireground are starting fire supression. Dont be so quick to judge these guys if you dont understand how things work.
  • by Cindy Location: Sherman on Jul 27, 2009 at 12:54 PM
    I can't believe the hateful things some of these people say, and I bet that "Citizen" is the same person who always says the bad comments. Just because you have a bad attitude, those guys would still respond to your emergency in spite of your illiterate self. If your going to be a citizen you should learn to spell it correctly.
  • by Smarter than you Location: Sherman on Jul 27, 2009 at 08:49 AM
    In my opinion, (which is what all these comments are) they did there job... no one was killed and no one was severly injured. I can't imagine putting my life on the line just to save someone like you "citzen" who is so ungrateful and obviously ignorant! I am grateful for any firefighter who attempts to put flames out... something is going to be damaged, obviously because it was on fire! Your an idiot!
  • by citzen Location: sherman on Jul 27, 2009 at 06:56 AM
    To Gary, I happen to work very hard for my money and can't stand football either and I sure am no cheerleader so, I'm not going stand on the sidelines and yell R-A-A-H firefighters, lets go team! lol! And if my house was on fire I guess I would put out myself due to I might have better luck saving something other than a whopper from Burger King!lol! And to Marcy I dont want to be a firefighter I like to work for my money.I got a real job! And as for the training wah wah wah You guys chose the profession. Typical cry from the fire department big babies! Dont get me wrong I have lived in towns with a very good fire department but this is not one of them.I see you guys parked outside the restraunt's all the time. And where were you all when Sherman flooded most were at the fire department, eating I'm sure. Until you guys can actually save a structure before it burns to the ground, I really could care less to hear about your training as it means nothing.
  • by To Gary Location: Sherman on Jul 26, 2009 at 06:48 PM
    All the training and certifications in the world don't mean squat if you can't put the fire out. The photographs speak for themsleves. Another Sherman building lost to inept fire fighting.
  • by Gary Location: Sherman on Jul 26, 2009 at 07:01 AM
    Hey it looks like we have another recliner quarterback in the comment section. Life safety is the primary concern, stuff can be replaced. Additional manpower would have been helpful, because both activities could have been conducted simultaneously. If firewalls within the attic were still intact fire spread would have been slowed. Usually private citizens don't understand all the things necessary for a successful fire attack to be conducted. It’s easy to stand back and say this or that should have been done. This is an invitation, come by and visit some of your fire stations. Meet some of the men who serve this city. Talk to them about all the training that they have and the hours required to keep current certifications up to date. They staff Fire and EMS apparatus 24 hours/7 days a week and are very highly motivated to help any one who needs their help in all weather conditions. What if you or a family member needed help and there was no one to call…
  • by Marcy Location: Denison on Jul 25, 2009 at 06:54 PM
    Also to Citizen: Maybe you should become a firefighter and show them how it's done! Until then keep your comments to yourself! Fire spreads very fast. A home can be fully engulfed and destroyed in just minutes. Also do a little research on the structure fire beside fire dept. before you comment.
  • by Richie Location: Sherman on Jul 25, 2009 at 06:53 PM
    Oh puhleeze. We've all seen how long it takes the SFD to actually put water on a fire. Sure, they show up quick, but actually getting any water ON the fire is a totally different story. All those cool toys are pretty useless if you can't put a fire out.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 25, 2009 at 11:14 AM
    To: Citzen Firefighter save lifes first then property. Don't expect to much when you have a fire department understaffed. Go to your city council meetings and fight for them, fight for more manpower. You can only do so much with so few people. I cannot beleive how the people in sherman show no support for there local firman. It's a disgrace.
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