Just after 1 p.m. on Wednesday, firefighters responded to Village Way at Wagon Wheel off of Old Houston Rd. and FM 1314 in Porter, after someone reported a house was on fire with someone trapped inside.
Porter and New Caney Fire Departments arrived to find a two-story house about 75 percent in flames. Neighbors said they believed an elderly woman was still inside.
Porter Fire Chief Jody Binnion immediately called for more help and trucks to back into stations that were assisting in case of another fire.
Porter sat up a dump tank, where tankers delivered loads of water for pumpers fighting the fire. The tankers then went back for more water. The lack of an adequate water supply was a serious issue. Over 30,000 gallons were used.
Extra manpower was needed because of extreme heat and humidity, in addition to the intensity of the fire. Fire departments involved included Porter, New Caney, Grangerland, Bennette Estates, Splendora, River Plantation, Houston, Cut and Shoot and Needham.
Forty-five minutes into the battle, officials spoke with the daughter of the home’s elderly resident, who said her mother’s caretaker had transported her to a doctor appointment.
The house was a total loss, but no injuries were reported.
The Montgomery County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating.