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Crews battle blazes amid triple-digit temps


Crews battle blazes amid triple-digit temps
Chief Ed Schriber of the Eagle Creek Volunteer Fire Department works Aug. 1 to extinguish a blaze devouring a shed on Creektop Drive north of Floresville. MARVIN BARNES/Contributor


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FLORESVILLE -- Firefighters from area departments are being stretched to their limits as they are faced with the arduous task of fighting structure fires while outdoor temperatures surpass 100 degrees Fahrenheit. On Aug. 1-2, departments in Floresville and north of the city fought four such blazes, three of which involved mobile homes north of Floresville that were rendered a total loss.

At approximately 11:15 a.m. Aug. 1, the Eagle Creek Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to Creektop Drive in the Creekwood subdivision north of Floresville. A neighbor who called 911 reported that a mobile home already was fully engulfed. They were assisted by both stations of the Floresville Volunteer Fire Department and by the Eagle Creek Emergency Medical Services.

Chief Ed Schriber of the Eagle Creek Volunteer Fire Department said the cause of the fire still is under investigation. The property owner, Sandra Morales, said her son, Paul Morales III, was renovating the home but was not residing there when the fire started. The flames consumed clothing items -- which belonged to his girlfriend’s three children -- being stored in the home.

Then at approximately 6:30 p.m. that day, both stations of the Floresville Volunteer Fire Department were dispatched to a mobile home on fire at a ranch behind the Continental Floral Greens Floresville Division on C.R. 128. The homeowner, Laurie Franke, said she, her husband, and their daughter were able to escape the burning home without injury.

Wilson County Pct. 1 Commissioner Albert Gamez Jr., who also volunteers with the Floresville-Cañada Verde Volunteer Fire Department, said firefighters were assisted by the Poth Volunteer Fire Department and the Wilson County Emergency Medical Services. A water truck from Wilson County Pct. 1 also was dispatched to the scene. Personnel remained on the scene until midnight, he said.

Franke said an electrical problem appears to have caused the fire, which left her family homeless and without clothing, shoes, or toiletries. The American Red Cross is assisting the family, which is searching for a temporary place to reside.

An electrical issue also is being blamed for an Aug. 2 fire that destroyed a mobile home on Feather Ridge Drive in the Eagle Creek Ranch subdivision north of Floresville, Schriber said. The fire displaced a family of three, about which no information was available prior to press time.

Firefighters from Eagle Creek, who were assisted by their counterparts from Floresville, were dispatched to the scene just after 11 p.m. and remained in service for four hours. Schriber said when firefighters arrived, the roof of the home was engulfed with flames.

Members of the Floresville Volunteer Fire Department were dispatched to the Texaloy Foundry Co. on Fourth Street in Floresville at approximately 4:30 p.m. that day, after a pile of wood caught fire inside a metal building, said Detective Jesse Gutierrez of the Floresville Police Department. Gutierrez and at least three other officers were able to use fire extinguishers to gain control of the blaze before firefighters arrived.

A member of the Poth Volunteer Fire Department, who was in Floresville at the time, also assisted firefighters at the scene.

As of press time Aug. 6, Flores-ville fire Chief Lorenzo Ortiz was unavailable for comment.

Anyone able to help the Franke family should call 210-441-0341.
Their clothing needs include:
•Ladies shirts size XL, pants size 36x34
•Men’s shirts size L, pants size 33x34
•Ladies shirts and pants size 14.
 

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