Fire consumes home in River Plantation

CONROE- A two-alarm fire destroyed a River Plantation home Wednesday afternoon, but firefighters were able to save the house next door where the flames had begun to spread.

Firefighters were dispatched to the home at 605 Orangewood Drive at 2:46 p.m. after multiple 911 calls by neighbors, according to River Plantation Fire Chief Randy Oliver.

When the first crew arrived, there was already fire through the roof, Oliver said.

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Realizing the home next door was seriously threatened because of its proximity to the burning house, the chief pulled a second alarm.

RPFD was assisted by Needham Fire and Rescue, Grangerland Volunteer Fire Department, Conroe Fire Department, Lake Conroe Fire Department, and South Montgomery County Fire Department, as well as Montgomery County Hospital District EMS and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

By the time homeowners arrived, the second floor of the home was no more than a few partial walls and charred two-by-fours.

Fortunately, they purchased the home as a foreclosure and were in the process of renovating it so they had not yet moved to Conroe from their Houston residence.

Needham Fire and Rescue used their ladder truck to finish extinguishing the fire from above.
The neighboring house sustained only minor exterior damage.

Investigators with the Montgomery County Fire Marshal’s Office were on-scene and are investigating the cause of the fire.

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