On Thursday, Feb. 23, a call was made by Justin Hay to the Perry Fire Department regarding a fire at his residence on 1402 Evelyn Street at 8:08 p.m. According to the Perry Fire Department report, Hay informed the station of a fire in the above residence, stating that everyone was okay.


The Perry Fire Department was paged at 8:09 p.m., and the first fire truck was out of the station at 8:18 p.m., momentarily arriving on the scene later at 8:22 p.m.


According to the news release, the residence was a “single story structure with a three sided carport attached to the rear end of the house.” The fire originated in the carport area behind the residence and continued to spread due to Thursday night’s wind gust.The residence contained a “very heavy ‘fire load’ making the fire nearly impossible to extinguish,” the report detailed. The house was loss.


“It was impossible to make an interior fire attack,” Chief Hinds said.


There were nine residents living in the house, along with an estimated 29-30 animals. The eldest of the residence was a 100-year-old woman who was bed ridden. All nine residents made it out of the home safely and were checked at the Dallas County Hospital for smoke inhalation, the release details.


No Perry Firefighters were injured at the scene, but two Woodward firefighters were treated at the Dallas County Hospital after a large tree branch fell on them while they were tending to the fire.


The cause of the fire is still under investigation.