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Charred walls, burned baseball cards and the brick façade is all that’s left of a vacant house destroyed by a fire Monday afternoon.
Firefighters from the Benbrook Fire Department arrived on the scene to find flames shooting out of the back of the house.
“A lot of the contents of the floor was burning from the floor all the way up,” Benbrook Fire Chief Tommy Davis said. “How it started, that’s all under investigation.”
George and Mary Ward who live behind the property along Linkmeadow Drive, near the border of Parker and Tarrant counties, called 9-1-1 after hearing popping on the site.
“I was out front working on my truck and I heard a bunch of popping and banging coming out of this house,” George Ward said. “When I looked up over my house, that’s when I saw the smoke.”
Both Davis and the Wards said the house has caught fire before.
Just last year, George Ward said, a pickup parked in the driveway caught fire and almost destroyed the house then, but since that blaze, the once two-story structure has been a neighborhood eyesore.
“It’s been kind of a safety hazard,” Mary Ward said, “worried about neighborhood kids going in and playing when the structure’s not real sound.”
Following the investigation, the future of the site, Davis said, is up to the property owner.
“It’ll be up to them to finish cleaning it up or rebuild,” he said.