Response to Pebworth Place Fire
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On January 30, 2018 there was a post on the internet regarding the Spring Fire Department and a
residential fire with fatalities that occurred on January 20, 2018. This is in response to that post.
First and foremost, I can’t imagine what the surviving family members are going through, so our thoughts
and prayers continue to be with the family and friends of the victims, and all the first responders who
were involved in this terrible tragedy.
At approximately 12:37a.m. fire units were dispatched to a residential fire with victims trapped in the
23000 block of Pebworth Place. 6 Engines, 1 Chief, 1 Tower (Aerial truck), 1 Rescue truck, and a Squad
were dispatched to the address of the fire.
Prior to the fire departments arrival, three Deputies with Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark
Herman’s office were able to rescue one child from the burning structure. The first arriving fire unit was
Spring Engine 73 at 12:45a.m. and at that time the structure was fully involved with fire. Additional units
from Spring, Ponderosa and Aldine Fire & Rescue arrived to assist and later the Harris County Fire
Marshal’s office was requested to respond.
Spring Engine 74 and Engine 78 who were dispatched to this fire, are housed at “volunteer” stations,
which means that currently there are not any full-time or part-time firefighters at those 2 stations. Our
response system accounts for the possibility of a delayed response or no response from volunteer
stations, and therefore additional resources are initially dispatched. Engine 74 was brought to the fire
location at 3:54a.m. by a volunteer, it was determined that the apparatus was not needed, and Engine 74
was placed in service.
We have been contacted several times to provide information regarding this incident and we have
answered the questions and provided what was requested. It is unfortunate that this post was published
and did not include all the information we provided.
Spring Fire Department is a combination (volunteer, part-time, and full-time firefighters) fire department
serving approximately 152,000 people within an area of unincorporated northern Harris County. We
provide fire and rescue services, and First Responder EMS services for those within Harris County
Emergency Services District #7.