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Firefighters respond to Christmas-week blazes
WILLIAM J. GIBBS JR./Reprints at wilsoncountynews.com
Two members of the Floresville Volunteer Fire Department extend a hose to be used to aid in the fight against a blaze that consumed a home Dec. 27 at the Heart Tail Ranch on C.R. 111.
Wilson County NewsJanuary 2, 2014 2,891 views 1 comment
While most area residents were enjoying the cheer of the Christmas holiday season, many area volunteer firefighters were battling varying weather conditions to protect life and property.
On Dec. 23, firefighters from the Eagle Creek Volunteer Emergency Services and the Floresville Volunteer Fire Department were summoned after 2:30 p.m. to a blaze that claimed a shed on Roemer Lane north of Floresville.
Eagle Creek Fire Chief Jackie Komives said the blaze was touched off by two juveniles who were in the shed playing with a cigarette lighter. One of the children, whose hair was singed, was treated at the scene by members of the Eagle Creek Volunteer Emergency Services.
Then on Dec. 27, firefighters from Floresville and Three Oaks, along with workers from Wilson County precincts 1 and 2, responded to the Heart Tail Ranch on C.R. 111 near the Atascosa County line for a structure fire. Floresville’s First Assistant Chief Jeff Oltjendiers said a house on the property owned by Lukin Gilliland was rendered a total loss.
By the time the blaze was reported at 10:30 a.m., Oltjendiers said the home was fully engulfed. Firefighters, who also were assisted by personnel from the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office and the Wilson County Emergency Medical Services, remained in service for approximately four hours.
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