Fire officials are investigating the cause of a house fire in southwest Fort Worth that sent an elderly man to the hospital Wednesday morning.
The 78-year-old resident of a home at 6928 Alexandria Court was airlifted to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas with serious burns.
Fort Worth firefighters responded to the fire at around 10 a.m. As many as 15 fire units went to the scene, and the blaze was contained by around 10:45 a.m., Fort Worth Fire Department spokesman Kyle Faulkner said.
The home appeared to be a total loss, with the garage caved in and most of the roof burned away.
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“It was a defensive fire for most of the time due to the heavy fire and a lot of stuff inside the house,” Faulkner said. “The house also had a large amount of ammunition that was exploding due to the heat.”
Tristan Stone, a nearby resident and off-duty firefighter for the Canton Fire Department, spotted smoke around 9:45 a.m. and went to the home. When Stone arrived, he saw the man crawling out from beneath the garage door. Stone said he and two other people helped the man get away from the home.
“We tore down the [garage] and got him pulled out,” Stone said. “He claimed that he kept going back after his bird. ...The whole building was engulfed in flames when I pulled up.”
Ryan Osborne: 817-390-7684, @RyanOsborneFWST