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Flames threaten Elmendorf plant
ALBERT GAMEZ JR. —
Crews from CPS Energy cut power to nearby homes Aug. 17 as smoke rises from an area of dense brush off Old Corpus Christi Road during a blaze that burned more than 100 acres and destroyed an abandoned house.
Officials say someone detonating fireworks Aug. 17 touched off a blaze that burned more than 100 acres of brush off Old Corpus Christi Road near Loop 1604 in Elmendorf.
Lt. James Friant of the China Grove Volunteer Fire Department, who served as incident commander at the scene, said a man admitted to detonating Roman candles, which caused the grass to catch fire at approximately 5:30 p.m. The flames spread quickly, due to ongoing dry conditions and wind, destroying one abandoned house. The fire also threatened two inhabited homes and the Brenntag chemical plant.
The two homes were evacuated and CPS Energy cut electricity to them while firefighters from Harmony, Lone Oak, Somerset, China Grove, St. Hedwig, Eagle Creek, Floresville, and Cañada Verde responded to the scene. Freight train service to the nearby Mission Rail Park was suspended as firefighters remained at the scene for approximately five hours. There were no reported injuries.
Just before press time Monday, Aug. 18, multiple fire departments were en route to a blaze near the intersection of Old Corpus Christi and La Gloria roads. According to Wilson County Pct. 1 Commissioner Albert Gamez Jr., reports indicated that two structures were burning just south of the fire scene from the night before.
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