MARSHALL, TX (KLTV) - A massive fire has reduced a large East Texas home to ashes.
Every available Marshall firefighter was called out just after 4 a.m. Wednesday to a huge fire in the 4600 block of Forest Trail.
"The embers and sparks and fire brands from the fire coming off the house filled the woods. It's one of the larger residential fires we've seen in a significant time," said Marshall Assistant Fire Chief Joey Hudson.
The occupants of the 10,000 square foot residence called in the fire and escaped unharmed. But because the home was on private property and gated, it presented a problem for responders.
"It was a large residential structure fire that ended up being in an area that was a little bit remote," Hudson says.
When the initial firefighters arrived, they tried to attack the fire and go inside. But officials say suddenly the rooms around them began to burst into flames, and they were forced to retreat.
"Fire may start to grow and burn in areas that they may not be aware of. Fire personnel could be in more danger or potential danger than they already are. As the fire grew, the incident commander decided to pull everybody out, and developed a defensive strategy," says Hudson.