A large home near Stagecoach caught fire the morning of Feb. 25, causing problems for firefighters as high winds caused it to rapidly spread.
The house fire, just behind a convenience store on Stagecoach Road, gutted most of the home, as Magnolia firefighters battled it for several hours.
"No one was hurt or injured in the fire," said Magnolia Fire Chief Gary Vincent. "The size impacted the way we had to fight the fire. Fireground operations lasted several hours, including salvage and recovery of some of the homeowner's belongings."
Vincent said that the department called in several other departments to provide aid, once the fire escalated into a multiple alarm fire.
"High winds helped to drive the fire throughout much of the home and the attic had 2-by-6 beams, which made it difficult to access," he said.
Vincent said that while the fire was spreading rapidly throughout the home, they were able to save another building on the property, as well as keep the fire from spreading to nearby trees and pastures.
"There was one exposure building we were able to save," he said.
He also said that part of the home was able to be saved as well.
"I believe part of the home was able to be salvaged," he said. "We used protective covers to save numerous items of furniture from fire, smoke and water damage."
Several witnesses nearby said it looked as if the fire started in a vehicle in the driveway. That vehicle was completely burned in the home's driveway, as fire marshals began their investigation into the cause.
Vincent and Montgomery County Fire Marshal Jimmy Williams both said that the cause of the fire was still undetermined.
Williams said he expects the investigation to be wrapped up within the next week or so.