PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

January 1, 2013

Groves, Nederland fire departments busy with New Year’s fires

Mary Meaux
The Port Arthur News

— Firefighters in Groves and Nederland started off the New year fighting first an apartment fire then a house fire.

Groves Fire Chief Dale Jackson said his department received the call of a fire about 2 a.m. at Cambridge in the Groves Apartments, 5501 West Washington.

Four apartments were affected by the blaze with two receiving moderate smoke and water damage.

The fire begin in a heating unit between floors and spread laterally next door then upstairs through a utility shaft, he said.

GFD fought a similar at the same apartment complex some years ago, a fact that helped firefighters battle the Jan. 1 blaze.

“Because of that fire we were attuned to what to do with this one,” Jackson said of the tactics used.

There were no injuries in Tuesday’s fire. The complex found vacant apartments to house those displaced by the fire.

“They were lucky. They were alerted by the smoke and were able to get out,” he said.

GFD received help through automatic aid from Nederland and Port Neches fire departments but part way through Groves’ fire, Nederland was called to a fire in their city.

Nederland Fire Capt. Doug Saunders said they received a call of a fire at about 2:55 p.m. at a home in the 2800 block of Lawrence.

The fire was contained to the bedroom of the home and the house received smoke and heat damage throughout.

There were no injuries in the fire and the cause is under investigation.