The Woodlands Fire Department Keeps Busy as Unexpected Weather Results in Multiple Fires and Calls for Assistance

By: The Woodlands Fire Department
| Published 08/17/2020

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THE WOODLANDS, TX -- The unexpected thunderstorms that rolled through our area this morning had area firefighters busy this morning running weather related calls from arcing power lines to fire alarm activations. Three structure fires, one in Conroe and two in Magnolia appear to have been caused by lightning strikes. The Woodlands Fire Department assisted at both Magnolia fires. The first fire, in the 33000 Blk of McKinley Circle, was dispatched at 0314. First crews arrived and reported fire through the roof of a single family manufactured home. Firefighters initiated an offensive attack and quickly brought the fire under control. Magnolia Fire was assisted by The Woodlands Fire Department and Needham with support by MCHD and MCSO.

The second fire in the Magnolia area was less the a mile from the first and was dispatched at 339 to the 1800 block of Windcrest. MCHD Medic 40 arrived first and reported a large barn with fire showing from all sides. The Woodlands Fire Department Engine 105 was the first fire apparatus on scene and they began a defensive attack on the structure while simultaneously protecting exposures. Crews from Magnolia, The Woodlands, Needham and ESD 3 worked together to bring the blaze under control. Firefighters had to set up a water tanker relay as the closest hydrant was almost a half a mile away. While the barn was a total loss, crews were able to prevent damage to the main house and two adjacent horse trailers.

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