July 3, 2022 6:55 am

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THREE ALARM FIRE DESTROYS GRAND LAKES HOME

Just after 9 a.m. Tuesday morning Chris Hageman’s grandson asked him if he had burned any bacon while he was cooking breakfast which he had just finished. The grandson continued that he smelled smoke. When they went to the garage they found it to be on fire.

Lake Conroe Fire Department was dispatched at 9:02 a.m. and arrived moments later as there was a station just outside the Grand Lakes Estate Subdivision. The home on Connie Drive had heavy fire conditions. The y also called for EMS as the home owner had gone back inside for some papers and they thought they had a victim trapped but he emerged moments later.

A second alarm was sounded just after 9:15 a.m. as crews tried to stop the flames from spreading in the large two-story home. A steep metal roof created quite a challenge as it was holding fire under it and crews were not able to get on top of it to open it up. In addition there was a full size apartment above the garage area and most of the attic walls we covered in plywood and sheetrock. As most of the fire was in the attic area crews attempted entry through the back of the home into the apartment but were driven out when the floor collapsed.

As the fire raged overhead firefighters were able to remove photos and furniture from the lower portion of the house.

A third alarm was then sounded as additional manpower was need to relieve the near exhausted crews. Firefighters were able to get on the roof area and began to open walls to gain access to the fire. At one point as a firefighter was on the peak of the roof fire lapped over him from the attic as fire approached him along the peak of the roof.

The Montgomery County Fire Office sent Scott Burlin and Joe Manz to the scene to start the investigation into the cause. 

Departments assisting Lake Conroe were North Montgomery County, Montgomery, Magnolia, Conroe, Needham Road, Woodlands with many other departments including New Waverly backing into empty stations to cover territories.

 

 

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