FERRIS — The Ferris Fire Department was called out to the scene of a structure fire in the 2300 block of Farm-to-Market 780 at 3:40 a.m. Friday.

“Upon arrival at the scene, the residence was found to be fully involved. Since the residence could not be saved, our main priority was to save the storage building that fire was spreading to,” Assistant Fire Chief Danny Thursby said. “Radiant heat was causing the fire to spread to the northwest corner of the building. Firefighters were able to put it out with minimum damage to the storage structure.”

The residence was a single-story wood-framed structure. Mutual aid was received from both the Bristol and Palmer volunteer fire departments.

Palmer provided a tanker that continually shuttled water. During the fire, more than 6,000 gallons were used to extinguish the fire.

The firefighters from Bristol worked with the Ferris Fire Department to defensively fight the fire.

“No cause for the fire has been determined. The investigation is being conducted by the Ellis County Fire Marshal’s Office,” Thursby said. “The Red Cross was called out to provide aid for the displaced residents. Oncor arrived within the first 30 minutes to shut off the electric from the residence.”

East Texas EMS was called out to the scene to treat one resident for smoke inhalation, but the patient refused transport to the hospital. EMS units cleared within 15 minutes of arrival.

Firefighters got the fire under control within the first 20 minutes upon arrival. The fire was extinguished and units cleared at 6:52 a.m.

“I just want to thank the efforts of all the departments that were involved. Without their help it would have been a lot more difficult,” Thursby said. “The way the firefighters immediately protected the storage building was of vital importance to the owner, they did a great job to limit damage to that structure and its contents.”

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