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House fire on Fort Worth Street

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

Photo by Gail Joiner
Pipe Creek VFD Chief Brandon Lee helped extinguish a fire reported at a home on Fort Worth Street the morning of Saturday, May 31.

Preliminary investigations indicate that a house fire on Fort Worth Street reported over the weekend was "suspicious in nature," said Bandera County Fire Marshal John Stith during an interview on Monday, June 2.
The call to emergency dispatch reporting the blaze came at approximately 10:30 am, Saturday, May 31. "Volunteer fire departments throughout the county responded to the call and assisted extinguishing the fire," Stith said. Responding volunteer fire departments included Bandera, Lake Shore, Medina and Pipe Creek.
According to Stith, the fire apparently involved the living room area of the manufactured home.
On the morning of Monday, June 2, Stith, along with a state fire marshal and an accelerant-detecting dog, inspected the site. At this time, Stith declined to reveal whether the canine had alerted to the presence of accelerants.
He noted, however, "We are following up on leads and putting everything together. This is a tough call." Additionally, Stith expressed some concerns about information that had been brought out in interviews and also about what had turned up at the burn site. According to Stith, the home had reportedly been involved in foreclosure proceedings.
"We are proceeding with the investigation. Anyone with information about this fire is asked to call my office at 830-460-8183 or the Bandera County Sheriff's Office at 830-796-3771," Stith said.