Central VFD responds to fire on Kenner Road

The fire was 100 percent contained, but the home is a total loss. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.
Published: Oct. 5, 2022 at 9:57 AM CDT
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ANGELINA COUNTY, Texas (KTRE) - A big cloud of black smoke could be seen over the tree line in Lufkin Wednesday morning as a trailer home was engulfed in flames.

Center Volunteer Fire Department Chief Dennis Cochran said authorities got a call at 9 a.m. that a trailer home was on fire on Kenner Road in Lufkin.

“A lot of stuff burning—the trees were burning above it, the wood had been piled up around the structure and including the mobile home as well—and everyone did a great job and worked well together,” Cochran said.

The owner of the home, Tracy Gray, also owns the home next door.

He was inside the neighboring home asleep when he was woken up and alerted about the fire.

“I was asleep, and they woke me up and said my rent house was on fire and to make sure there was no one in there. And, I don’t know how it started or anything,” Gray said.

Cochran said when arriving on scene they knew they couldn’t save the home.

“Our priority to arriving on scene to something like this, there is no saving of the house itself, so we protect all the surrounding structures, and we did that, approximately four or five other homes that sit real close to this residence that was on fire,” Cochran said.

Cochran said multiple agencies were there to assist in putting the fire out.

“We first had Hudson and Rivercrest, which is our first mutual aid departments, and then we knew we were going to have to have a whole lot more water than they could bring during the work hours like today, so we reached out to Fuller Springs and Moffet fire departments as well and everyone showed up and helped us,” Cochran said.

The fire was 100 percent contained, but the home is a total loss. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

Angelina County was put under a burn ban on Tuesday.