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2013-03-07

Blaze destroys Twin Lakes residence

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

A house fire recently destroyed a residence on Highway 173 North by Twin Lakes, according to Chief Deputy Matt King of the Bandera County Sheriff's Office.
A report of a house "fully engulfed" came in to emergency dispatch at approximately 6:15 pm, Saturday, Feb. 23. Just prior to seeing smoke in a hallway leading to bedrooms in the house, homeowners George and Laura Reusch were preparing to go out for the evening. After arriving on the scene, BCSO Patrol Sgt. Joey Hernandez assisted a neighbor remove propane tanks and a trailer from the vicinity of the blaze. Later, Precinct 1 Constable Phil Tobin and other deputies helped move vehicles and additional equipment.
Volunteer fire departments from Bandera, Pipe Creek, Medina and Lake Shore responded to the alarm, but, according to BCSO Chief Deputy Matt King, the residence "burned pretty quickly." A preliminary report by Fire Marshal John Stith indicated the house at a 60 percent loss while its contents were 100 percent destroyed. No injuries were reported, however.
Although the investigation continues, Stith attributed the cause of the blaze to an electrical problem.
King said the next day, deputies assisted the Reusches recover firearms and a safe, among other items, from the burned-out rubble.