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2018-06-20 / Featured

Three blazes, five days, no injuries

By WCN Staff


District 1 Fire/Rescue firefighters were unable to save this home on Post Oak Road near La Vernia Saturday night. It was rendered a total loss after a blaze started in the kitchen. 
DISTRICT 1 FIRE/RESCUE District 1 Fire/Rescue firefighters were unable to save this home on Post Oak Road near La Vernia Saturday night. It was rendered a total loss after a blaze started in the kitchen. DISTRICT 1 FIRE/RESCUE A La Vernia-area family’s home is a total loss, following a fire June 16 on Post Oak Road. No one was injured in that blaze or two others in recent days.

According to District 1 Fire/ Rescue Chief Chris Thompson, firefighters were dispatched to Post Oak Road shortly after 8 p.m. Saturday night to a kitchen fire.

Responders encountered a mobile home with flames going through the roof. The firefighters battled heavy fire and smoke to make an aggressive interior attack on the blaze. They were assisted by firefighters from St. Hedwig, who battled the fire from the rear of the home. New Berlin and Wilson County District 2 Emergency Services also provided assistance at the scene, Thompson said.

They managed to contain the blaze to the kitchen, living room, and attic, with smoke and water damage to the rest of the house. The blaze did not threaten a shed and separate small residence, both on the same property.


Firefighters managed to save this mobile home on C.R. 343 from a fire just after 5 a.m. June 18 that started in and destroyed an adjacent travel trailer. 
DISTRICT 1 FIRE/RESCUE Firefighters managed to save this mobile home on C.R. 343 from a fire just after 5 a.m. June 18 that started in and destroyed an adjacent travel trailer. DISTRICT 1 FIRE/RESCUE No injuries were reported. The Red Cross responded to offer assistance. The family is staying with relatives nearby, according to the fire chief.

Community members flooded Facebook with offers of assistance. Many were directed to contact Grace Bible Church in La Vernia. Church staff told the Wilson County News there are no immediate needs; the family has expressed thanks to those offering help and is waiting on insurance to determine their next step.

Monday-morning blaze

An unrelated fire Monday morning on C.R. 343 near Sutherland Springs also resulted in no injuries, according to Thompson.

Firefighters fought a blaze in a travel trailer next to a mobile home shortly after 5 a.m. June 18. The occupants were not home, the fire chief said, and the trailer was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived. Neighbors alerted the residents of the adjacent mobile home.

“The guys did a good job preventing spread,” Thompson said, as the nearby mobile home was very close to catching fire.

Two dogs were in the trailer and unfortunately perished, Thompson reported.

No cause had been reported for that fire as of press time June 18.

District 2 Emergency Services also battled a mobile home fire in northern Wilson County June 14, Thompson told the Wilson County News. No injuries were reported, he said.

No response from District 2 on this blaze was received prior to press time Monday.

Where there’s smoke

Wilson County residents also dealt with heavy smoke Friday night, but it wasn’t from any fires in the area. The Wilson County News received a number of queries from members of the public about the smoke around sundown June 15. It affected visibility — and breathing, in some cases — as winds carried the smoke from a controlled burn of a large area of grassland at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Matagorda County.

The burn will aid in improving habitat for whooping cranes next winter, according to information posted by the wildlife refuge.

Smoke raised concerns and created visibility issues from Victoria to San Antonio, and could be seen as far east as Luling.

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BURN BAN

Wilson County continues under a 90-day burn ban. No outside burning — of brush piles, for agricultural purposes, etc. — is permitted. Burning trash is allowed only in screened receptacles and must be monitored.

A partial ban on fireworks also is in place. Skyrockets and other airborne fireworks are not allowed, as we prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July.

For information on the burn ban or fireworks, contact the Wilson County Health & Public Safety Office at 830-393-8503.

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