GFD responds to fire at TownePlace Suites

27788430_2218499675037902_4115796308882427835_oGrapevine Fire Department worked a 2 Alarm, high-rise fire the TownePlace Suites by Marriott (DFW North/Grapevine). Several other departments responded including Bedford, Coppell, D/FW Airport, Flower Mound, Haltom City, Lewisville, and maybe some that I missed.

At 1:44AM Grapevine dispatchers toned out a waterflow alarm on the 3rd floor. Enroute, dispatchers received additional alarms, indicating smoke, as well as a phone call. Battalion 1 requested the call be filled out to a first alarm assignment. Crews arrived quickly on scene, and made their way to the third floor where they confirmed smoke. Battalion 1 requested a 2nd alarm. Crews found the fire room, and fortunately, the sprinkler system kept the fire in check. I believe interior crews deployed an attack line and finished it off. A window was opened to help with clearing the smoke.

High-rise fires require special strategies and tactics, and lots more resources than most other fires, especially when they’re occupied like this hotel.

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Grapevine City Council approves purchases for Oak Grove Softball Complex renovations


The Oak Grove Softball Complex in Grapevine will soon have a different look.

At the Feb. 6 Grapevine City Council meeting, council approved an agreement with DENCO Construction Specialists for renovations to the softball fields at Oak Grove Park. The city plans to pay for these improvements from the city’s Quality of Life fund for an amount not to exceed $6,773,876 million.


Courtesy Grapevine Parks and Rec

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The REC Advisory Board meeting Feb. 15

We invite the community to come to our next Parks & Recreation Advisory Board meeting this Thursday, February 15 at 7:00 pm. Come see what the future of Grapevine Parks & Recreation looks like. We will be discussing the development of our 2018 Open Space Master Plan and the feedback we received from community input. All ideas and feedback are welcome. Meeting will be in The REC classroom (1st floor, near the entrance).

Grapevine Citizen Police Academy #36 springs to life

It may not quite be Spring, but the Grapevine Citizen Police Academy (CPA) Class 36 sprung to life after a year-long hiatus on Monday (February 12).

The break allowed personnel to move from the older building on Dallas Street to the new Public Safety Building on Ira E. Woods, which houses police, fire/EMS, courts and several other City offices.

The first class covered an overview of the department, as well as the history of the agency, and provided a tour of the building. Volunteers provided pizza and dessert goodies for class attendees.

Future classes include an overview of the K-9 Unit, SWAT, the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) and Animal Control.

While this class is full, interested parties may contact Sgt. Jason Keller to be added to the waiting list for future classes, which are held every Spring and Fall.

Six more weeks of winter?!


Punxatawney Phil and his handler

Punxatawney Phil saw his shadow today in Punxatawney, PA, indicating the superstitious belief that there’s six more weeks of cold weather ahead!

Of course, Spring doesn’t officially begin until March 20, so, relatively speaking, there are always six more weeks of winter as of February 2 (Groundhog Day). 

To learn more about the origins of Phil or Groundhog Day, click HERE. Stay warm, Readers!

Fort Worth Pays Homeless People to Pick Up Trash

The city of Fort Worth is paying homeless people to pick up trash as part of a unique program to clean up the city and turn lives around.

Frank Crist, 53, earns $10 an hour to pick up litter in the area southeast of downtown where many homeless people live. He also gets paid vacation and benefits. 

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Houston historian selected for Austin exhibit

Legendary photographer and Houston historian Chris Daigle has been chosen by the Bob Bullock Texas State Museum in Austin to exhibit several artifacts from the Astrodome as part of its, “The Story Of Texas” exhibit, to be on view until March, 2019,


Daigle (L) and Wancho

Seen here with  Exhibits Director Tom Wancho, Daigle examines a 1980’s Astros Pennant to commemorate the outstanding season of 1986 for the team. Among other artifacts on display will be the Sports Illustrated magazine featuring the 1968 UH vs. UCLA basketball game, called, “The game of the century,” and the 1978 recording of “Houston Oilers Number One,” the theme song of the “Luv Ya Blue” days of the Houston Oilers football team.

This exhibit will be in the company of such Texas artifacts as a 700 year old sailing ship, swords and cannons from the Alamo, and saddles used by Texas Revolution pioneers.

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Chris Daigle is a contributing Editor to The Grapevine Source. To contact him, email