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Afternoon blaze incinerates vacant structures

Afternoon blaze incinerates vacant structures
WILLIAM J. GIBBS JR./Reprints at Rising smoke darkens the sky above an abandoned house burning on C.R. 117, with the only illumination coming from the glowing flames.

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July 14, 2011, 5:09pm

FLORESVILLE -- Firefighters from both stations of the Floresville Volunteer Fire Department are fighting triple-digit temperatures and a stubborn blaze on C.R. 117 near the San Antonio River.

J.W. Shiflett said he reported the fire at 2:55 p.m. He was setting corners for a new fence nearby when he saw smoke. Shiflett said he drove up to investigate when he realized that an abandoned barn was ablaze.

Wind swept the flames to the roadway and up a hill to a vacant farmhouse, which was also consumed. An active electrical connection and the lack of available water nearby hampered firefighters’ efforts to save the structure.

As of 4:43 p.m., firefighters from the Floresville Volunteer Fire Department and the Floresville-Cañada Verde Volunteer Fire Department remained at the scene.

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One Voice  
July 14, 2011 9:43pm
It must have blazed back up - around 8:30 - I called 911. It looked under control when I was driving back home. ... but, boy, it was exploding when I first saw it at 8:30 pm!! Stay safe all.

Elaine K.  
July 14, 2011 6:00pm
Thank you for being on the scene, William. And thanks to all the volunteer firefighters who always rush to the aid of those in need. Honestly, I cannot imagine being in that heat battling a blaze on a day as hot as today. Thank... More ›

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