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Family home burns in Medina

By Carolyn B. Edwards BCC Staff Writer

The Medina Volunteer Fire Department responded to a call for a structure fire at 8:18 am Saturday, Oct. 12. The home of Brad and Diane Zirkel, located at 14413 Highway 16 North, suffered major damage from smoke and water.
No one was at home at the time the fire broke out. The Zirkels, along with their three children, had gone to the Community Garage Sale just down the street from their home.
Brad Zirkel, who is a member of the Medina VFD, found himself in the unenviable position of having to respond to a fire call at his own home, said Bandera County Fire Marshall John Stith.
According to Stith, the cause of the fire had not yet been determined Tuesday morning, but his preliminary report was that it was electrical in nature.
The Medina VFD called for assistance from Tarpley, Vanderpool, and Bandera fire departments, "simply because they needed more manpower," said Stith.
The Zirkel's residence is next door to a house that burned on Monday, April 15. In that fire, the home of Renado Davis was declared a total loss. However, Stith said there was no connection between the two fires and there was nothing suspicious about either one.
One volunteer firefighter was injured during Saturday's incident, but his injury was not major.
The blaze moved horizontally through the attic and ridge area, but the metal roof kept the fire contained to the building until firefighters were able to put it out.
Highway 16 was shut down for two hours and traffic was diverted.
Red Cross and other aid agencies have already been in contact with the family.
The Medina community will no doubt organize a benefit in the near future, and the Courier will announce those plans as they become available.

Pictured: Photo by Clare Barnet
Medina Volunteer Firefighters work to douse a house fire in Medina Saturday morning. Among the hard working crew was young Austin Zirkel, right, wielding the water hose to help extinguish the flames attacking his home.

Photo by Shiloh Edwards
The fire at the Zirkel home did most of its damage in the attic, but smoke and water heavily damaged the rest of the structure and its contents.