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2014-06-12

Quick work saves home

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

Quick work by firefighters with the Medina Volunteer Fire Department over the weekend prevented a house from being totally engulfed in flames, according to Bandera County Fire Marshal John Stith.
The morning of Saturday, June 7, a fire broke out on the back porch area of a house on Benton Creek Road. The property owner and a housekeeper were home at the time of the blaze. After smelling smoke, they called emergency dispatch and immediately exited the building without injury.
Just prior to the firefighters' arrival, the fire broke through a back window and into the kitchen and laundry room. The firefighters were able to contain the blaze and prevent the fire from spreading further.
"The firefighters did an excellent job of getting to the scene," Stith said. "If they had come just a few minutes later, the house would have been totally involved. As it was, a large portion of the house was saved. Sometimes this proves a problem in rural areas of the county. I am please with the effort the men put forth."
After an investigation, Stith ruled the cause of the fire as accidental.