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2014-05-22

Two vehicle fires reported

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

A call came in to emergency dispatch at 7:10 pm, Saturday, May 10, reporting that a pickup truck was on fire in the parking lot of the Barrel House on Highway 16 South.
When the Pipe Creek Volunteer Fire Department responded, the fire was confined to the passenger side of the 2000 Ford F-150 but quickly spread to the engine compartment. Reports indicate that the blaze occurred shortly after men, who had been working on the vehicle, had left the scene.
Fire Marshal John Stith's preliminary investigation indicated an electrical short in the dash caused the fire. "The fire was not suspicious in nature," he said.
Additionally, on April 29, a 2013 Ford Escape was destroyed by fire in the parking lot of Bandera High School, Stith said. Apparently, after entering the school, the vehicle's occupants were informed their vehicle was ablaze. The vehicle was fully engulfed in flames by the time Bandera VFD arrived on the scene.
According to Stith, this particular vehicle had been subject to multiple recalls due to problems with fires possibly originating in the vehicle's engine compartment. Again, Stith's preliminary investigation determined the fire was not suspicious in nature.