VAN ALSTYNE — No one was injured Wednesday afternoon after a Van Alstyne historical home caught fire.


Van Alstyne Fire Department Chief Ryan Dockery said crews were dispatched to the home in the 200 block of East Umphress shortly after noon upon receiving reports that the home’s back porch was fully engulfed in flames.


“When we arrived, we found that it (the fire) had progressed into the backrooms of the structure,” Dockery said. “We immediately called for assistance from surrounding departments, and we were able to get a quick attack on it and get it knocked down pretty quick.”


It was unclear how many people lived at the residence or whether anyone was inside the home when the fire began. Dockery said several dogs were reported to have been inside the home, but it was unclear whether all were accounted for. Crews from Anna, Howe, Gunter, Bells and Tom Bean all responded to the scene and provided assistance.


“At this time, we don’t know what caused the fire to start,” Dockery said. “The investigation is still ongoing.”


A Texas Historical Commission plaque identified the property as the Barron-Veazey House, which was built in 1905 and influenced by the prairie school of architecture.