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Units respond to kitchen fire near Stockdale
WILLIAM J. GIBBS JR.
Firefighters from Stockdale, Sutherland Springs, and La Vernia and the Stockdale Emergency Medical Services respond Jan. 2 to a fire at a home on C.R. 423 north of Stockdale.
STOCKDALE -- Officials believe an electrical system problem could have caused a midday fire that damaged the kitchen of a home on C.R. 423 north of here Jan. 2.
Chief Edwin Baker of the Stockdale Volunteer Fire Department said the occupants of the home -- fellow volunteer firefighters Liz and Jeffrey Kowalik -- reported having some electrical problems on New Year’s Eve. The two were not at home the next day, but returned Jan. 2. On that day, Baker said they reported smoke near an electrical outlet in the kitchen, which caused a smoke alarm to activate. No one was injured.
Firefighters from Stockdale, Sutherland Springs, and La Vernia responded to the scene, along with the Stockdale Emergency Medical Services.
Drier weather and cooler temperatures have had area fire departments on edge in recent weeks. Baker, who also serves as the county’s fire marshal because of his duties as coordinator of the Wilson County Health and Public Safety Office, said the wildfire situation has been relatively quiet. New Year’s Eve, when many residents opted to detonate fireworks as part of their celebrations, was uneventful.
He said, however, there had been a few grass fires, such as one on Christmas Day that scorched approximately 18 acres of pastureland off C.R. 305. Baker said that while a definitive cause is unknown, he could not rule out a discarded cigarette, catalytic converter, or fireworks as the cause of the blaze that started well away from the roadside and not near any structures.
Baker reminds residents that Wilson County since Dec. 27 is under a burn ban. No burning is allowed in residential subdivisions, he said, and agricultural burning only is allowed with prior approval. For more information, call the Wilson County Health and Public Safety Office at 830-393-8503.
Residents of unincorporated areas should be reminded that burning of trash is allowed only in screened barrels during daytime hours. Ordinances in incorporated cities such as La Vernia, Poth, Stockdale, and Floresville prohibit the burning of trash or debris. Those who violate these rules are subject to fines and could be held civilly liable for property damage.
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