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Argyle blaze destroys new home

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A late night blaze destroyed a newly-built home in the Oaks of Argyle east of U.S. 377 early Thursday morning.

The house was fully involved when the Argyle Volunteer Fire Department received the call at 11:55 p.m. Wednesday, said Fire Chief Mac Hohenberger.

“We could see it from the fire station,” he said, adding the crew arrived on the scene at 12:01 a.m. to find flames shooting out of the structure.

The three-bedroom, four-bath house was a total loss, he said. Construction of the house on Boonesville Bend was mostly finished and had utilities connected to it, Hohenberger said.

Fire crews were on the scene Thursday morning to investigate the fire but had not yet determined the cause.

“We hadn’t had one like this in a while,” the fire chief said.

The 3,306-square-foot home was built by Bannister Custom Homes of Fort Worth as part of the 40-acre development featuring homes priced between $500,000 to $800,000. Construction on the development began last year.

Will Bannister, owner of Bannister Custom Homes, said they were surprised by the blaze that destroyed a home they were finishing this week to put on the market.

“We’ve built hundreds of homes and we’ve never faced this before,” he said. “We’re so grateful to the fire department for their help” in confining the flames to the one home.

Following the fire department’s investigation, the company’s insurance carrier will look at the site, he said.

“We look forward to cleaning this up and moving forward.”

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