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2011-04-14

Fire destroys elderly couple's home

By Carolyn B. Edwards BCC Staff Writer

Bandera County Fire Marshal John Stith reported a house fire on Sunday, April 10, that had completely destroyed the home. No one was injured as a result of the fire.
The blaze occurred at 307 Roundup off Highway 173 North. The call came in at 9:16 pm and the fire was declared under control at 11 pm.
First on the scene, Bandera County Sheriff's Office Deputy Sgt. Jerry Johnson reported the house fully engaged.
Bandera Volunteer Fire Department arrived to take charge of the event. They called for assistance from Medina VFD, Pipe Creek VFD and Lakeshore VFD.
The initial investigation is focusing on the home's electric systems, said Stith. Homeowner Travis Wiggins reported having problems with the electricity. The elderly Wiggins and his wife were the only persons present in the home when the fire started.
The wood frame house was declared a total loss.
Due to extremely dry conditions and high winds, Bandera County was under a red flag warning by the National Weather Service over the weekend. A trace of rain that fell in the Bandera area Monday morning did little to alleviate the dangers of drought conditions. The county continues to be under a burn ban.
A red flag warning indicates that conditions are prime for fires and everyone should be extremely careful with anything that causes a spark.
In West Texas, 400 square miles have been scorched, and dozens of homes have been destroyed by wild fires.

Photo courtesy John Stith

Four volunteer fire departments fought this blaze on Roundup off of Highway 173 North Sunday, April 10. The home was a total loss.