Fire destroys Diboll house

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DIBOLL, TX (KTRE) - Hours after flames engulf a Diboll home, fire officials are still trying to find the person who owns it.

"Got here and we tried to do the best we could do to get it knocked down, but once one's totally engulfed, there's really nothing you can do," said Diboll Fire Chief, Charlie Mann.

"It's something words can't describe," said Diboll firefighter, Brandon Sanford.

Reduced to the foundation, the vacant house leaves a list of questions for investigators. Arrington road neighbors reported the blaze, but tell fire officials they don't know who owns the house or how it started.

"The house was fully engulfed and our biggest concern then was to conserve the fire as much as we could to keep it from getting into the woods," said Diboll firefighter, Daniel Zarzoza.

When they arrived at 9 last night, the Diboll Fire Department says it was already too late. So crews worked into the early morning hours to stop the flames from reaching other homes a few hundred yards away.

"A good sense of accomplishment, you know, to keep it from spreading into the woods," said Zarzoza. And, like I said, getting into possibly damaging any other homes. We hate what happened to the home itself for the homeowners, but luckily, nobody was in the house."

8 hours after leaving, firefighters were back this morning.

"I mean, you take something like this with as much heat and all the hotspots and all the high winds, and it can start," said Sanford.

Rekindled hot spots are out, but the conditions are ripe for fire.

"As far as I'm concerned, we're still under the same danger because the way this wind is blowing right now, it's going to dry the leaves out real quick," said Mann.

That's why next time, Diboll fire crews aren't counting on heavy rain helping control a fire.

Investigation continues as to what caused the fire.

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