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Short circuit sparks La Vernia blaze

Short circuit sparks La Vernia blaze
Members of the La Vernia Volunteer Fire Department hose down outbuildings Aug. 28 as they battle a fire between C.R. 321 and Enchanted Oaks Drive near La Vernia. Five other agencies helped tackle the blaze.

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Wilson County News
September 4, 2013
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By Ashley Davenport

LA VERNIA -- A fire started by an electrical shortage in an outbuilding Aug. 28 near C.R. 321 and Enchanted Oaks Drive has claimed five other structures and a field.

Edwin Baker, coordinator of the Wilson County Health and Public Safety Office, said the La Vernia Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) arrived at the scene just after 3 p.m. to find a quickly spreading blaze.

Baker, who also serves as the chief of the Stockdale VFD, added that the fire also claimed an aboveground pool, boat, and car, but no homes.

Enchanted Oaks Drive was closed for a period of time, due to the vehicles and other heavy equipment needing access to battle the blaze.

Neighbors tried to help keep the fire under control by shoveling dirt onto small flames. Susan Prochnow said she had a similar incident last year and did not want a repeat.

“I just didn’t want my property to burn,” Prochnow said. “So I got out there with my shovel.”

The La Vernia and Stockdale departments were joined by five other agencies, including firefighters from Sutherland Springs, New Berlin, and Eagle Creek, along with workers from Wilson County Precinct 3.

The scene was cleared around 7:45 p.m. that evening with no injuries reported.

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