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Medina house fire under investigation

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

Photo by John Stith
Firefighters from Medina, Bandera and Tarpley VFDs battled a house fire on Highway 16 North on Tuesday, Oct. 28. The firemen were able to save the majority of the home and no injuries were reported.

Bandera County Fire Marshal John Stith has reported that a house fire occurred in Medina on Tuesday, Oct. 28.
At 8:39 pm, a motorist called emergency dispatch after observing smoke coming out of the back of a residence in the 1600 block of Highway 16 North. By the time the Medina Volunteer Fire Department arrived on the scene a short while later, flames were shooting out of the roof, according to Stith. Medina VFD requested assistance from the Bandera and Tarpley fire departments.
Firefighters quickly ascertained that no one was at home during the fire. The owner of the property lives alone. A dog in a fenced-in area outside the one-story, wood frame house was unharmed. Additionally, no firefighters were reported injured while battling the blaze. Both the Bandera County EMS unit and deputies with the Bandera County Sheriff's Office assisted at the scene.
After entering the home, firefighters aggressively attacked the flames resulting in a loss of only 25 percent of the home. "By using this technique, they were able to save a good portion of the home," Stith said. He commended the firefighters for the "extremely good job" they did saving the majority of the residence.
According to Stith, this was the third fire on the property. Because of the previous number of fires at this location, Stith had requested an arson investigator from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). An RV and vehicle fire had occurred there in 2007 and more recently, there had been a garage fire in 2010. "Although it is highly unusual for there to have been three fires on the same property, as yet, we have uncovered nothing that indicates the fires were related," Stith said. "At this point, the investigation remains on going."