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2013-03-21

Fire destroys Pebble Beach home

By Carolyn B. Edwards BCC Staff Writer

The owners were away at the time, but two family dogs were lost to the flames as a two-story frame home in Pebble Beach burned Saturday night, March. 16.

The fire occurred at 144 Blue Gill in Pebble Beach, a subdivision that lies on the northeast side of Medina Lake, and south of FM 1283.
According to County Fire Marshal John Stith, the structure was fully involved in flames when the first fire truck from the Medina Lake Volunteer Fire Department arrived at the scene around 6:30 pm.
"They found the fire impinging on the next house over so it was really just about protecting adjacent properties," said Stith. The adjoining house suffered damage due to radiant heat from the blaze and a storage shed was lost.
Firefighters stood by the scene all night long to prevent the fire from starting up again.
Pipe Creek VFD joined Medina Lake in responding to the fire. Also on hand were officers from the Bandera County Sheriff's Office to assist with traffic, and EMS stood by. No firefighters were injured in the fire.
Stith said the home was a total loss.
Homeowners Cody and Melissa Morris received immediate financial assistance from their home church, Hill Country Chapel of Pipe Creek, as well as assistance from the American Red Cross, said Stith.
Drought conditions did not hamper firefighters, Stith said, since the subdivision has fire hydrants installed and water was readily accessible.
The cause of the fire had not been determined at press time.