'Massive' fire reported in Hearne, 8 apartments lost, residents displaced

Posted at 7:58 AM, Jan 16, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-16 12:21:56-05

HEARNE, Texas — Fire crews overnight battled what Robertson County EMS described as a massive fire at Columbus Village Apartments.

No injuries were reported, but eight apartments at the complex in the 800 block of South Riley Street were a total loss, Robertson County EMS said in a Facebook post.

“All fire personnel worked tirelessly to contain the fire, however both buildings (were) consumed,” Hearne police said in a news release. “... All persons living in the two buildings were accounted for.”

"We pray for the safety of the crews battling this blaze and the families who lost their homes in this tragedy," Robertson County EMS’s social media message said.

According to the Hearne Police Department, officers responded to the apartment complex about 4:20 a.m. Sunday. At that time, officers determined one building to be fully engulfed and that the building next to it had caught on fire. Multiple fire departments then responded to the blaze.

The State Fire Marshal has been contacted, Hearne police said, and will be working with the police department's detective to determine the cause of the fire.

“The Red Cross has set up a Command Post at the East Side Park Community Center to assist all persons affected by the fire,” the release said.