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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Fireworks stand explodes, goes up in flames near Canutillo

VIDEO: A fireworks stand near Canutillo exploded and went up in flames on Wednesday night. The fire triggered by fireworks happened at 7310 Doniphan Drive. Viewer video provided to ABC-7 shows what the scene looked like as the incident unfolded. Firefighters quickly doused the blaze when they arrived, but the stand had already been largely consumed by flames and was a total loss. There was no report of any injuries. There was also no word on whether the fire was an accident - or a deliberate act.

Numerous Wildfires Stretching Volunteer Fire Departments to the Limit in and Around Tom Green County

Firefighters from every volunteer fire department in Tom Green County have responded to a number of wildfire calls over the last few days and some of those fires are driven by winds from localized thunderstorms. VFD radio reports indicate volunteers from Wall and Christoval are currently working a wildfire on a ranch near Susan Peak Rd. in southeastern Tom Green County under a thunderstorm. Earlier this afternoon units from Pecan Creek, Christoval and Wall were dispatched to a wildfire near the intersection of FM-584 and Knickerbocker Rd. by the Twin Buttes Dam. Volunteers also responded to fire reports between Sterling City and Robert Lee and Christoval volunteers engaged a fire near the Jones Ranch in southern Tom Green County. While the Texas Forest Service is assisting area volunteers, resources are being depleted. Dove Creek Volunteers were called out late Wednesday afternoon to a possible wildfire near the Knickerbocker community on Torres Rd.
San Angelo Live!

Follow-up: Hundreds of Fish Killed After Ammonia Release From San Antonio Meatpacking Plant

A release of ammonia gas at a meatpacking plant on the West Side led to the deaths of hundreds of fish in San Pedro Creek and the San Antonio River’s Mission Reach. Late Monday night at Kiolbassa Smoked Meats’ plant at 1325 S. Brazos St., ammonia gas began escaping from an industrial refrigeration system, according to Kiolbassa and San Antonio Fire Department spokespersons. Firefighters received the call at 11:40 p.m. Ammonia is a commonly used industrial refrigerant. Industrial plant operators often prefer it to alternatives because of its low cost and its benign effect on the Earth’s atmosphere if released. However, the gas is highly corrosive and can injure or kill people who inhale it. “It’s a very hazardous gas,” Kiolbassa spokeswoman Laura Waldrum said. “In our haste to save lives of people inside the plant, it does appear that we had some impact on the environment.”
The Rivard Report

Temple: Wildfire breaks out behind First Baptist Church

A wildfire scorched about four acres Wednesday behind Temple's First Baptist Church. Crews responded just after 4 p.m. Wednesday to the fire in the 8000 block of West Adams Avenue in Temple and the first firefighters on the scene called for additional units to assist because of the dry vegetation and windy conditions, officials said. Firefighters from Morgan's Point Resort and Moffatt also responded. Officials think the fire may have been sparked by a lawnmower. At this time the fire is believed to have been started by a lawn mower working in the area. As temperatures increase, and the vegetation begins to dry, remember to stay aware of your work area when running power equipment, and dispose of all smoking materials appropriately.

Houston worker rescued after tractor rolls on top of him

A city of Houston employee was in good spirits after his tractor mower rolled on top of him Wednesday afternoon, Houston fire officials said. The worker was mowing right-of-way along a ditch near Beechnut Street and Ferris Drive around 1:45 p.m. As he moved west along the ditch, the tractor rolled down a small embankment and landed on top of him, according to the Houston Fire Department. Firefighters were able to prop up the tractor and pull the man to safety. The tractor was equipped with a roll bar. An HFD captain said the man joked with paramedics, saying that he lamented having to miss his evening beer in lieu of a hospital visit. The extent of his injuries was unclear, but HFD officials said he is expected to be OK.
My San Antonio.com

Woman taken into custody after Galveston house fire

Authorities say a woman was taken into custody following a fire that engulfed a two-story house in Galveston. Firefighters responded to the fire around 3:10 a.m. Thursday in the 3000 block of Avenue M ½. Officials say four or five people were living in the house and were able to get out safely. irefighters got the fire out within an hour to an hour and a half. According to Galveston Fire Chief Charles Olsen, one woman was taken into custody. The cause of the fire has not been determined
KRIV-TV Fox 26 Houston

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Potter County Fire and Rescue hires 2 new captains

According to the Cowskin Fire Department, the fire occurred in a long set of commercial buildings over 100 years old, and around 38 fire units operated by over 75 firefighters, mostly volunteers from four Oklahoma counties, Kansas, and Missouri, fought yesterday afternoon and into the evening to get it out. He had the same duties as a regular firefighter, but he was restricted on higher risk activities such as entering active structure fires. After he turned 18, Martinez became a regular volunteer and completed the Amarillo College Fire Academy and EMT training. The new positions were able to be approved due to available funds from the county assistance district voters passed in 2017.
KFDA-TV CBS 10 Amarillo

Lubbock Fire Rescue responds to fires resulting from illegal fireworks in city limits, citizens could face fines up to $1000

Lubbock Fire Chief Shaun Fogerson wants to remind citizens of the Hub City that fireworks inside city limits are still illegal, and individuals in violation can face substantial fines. Lubbock Fire Rescue issued a statement Tuesday, saying LFR responded to one house fire and multiple grass fires Monday night that they say were a direct result of illegal fireworks use. They are also concerned about how the response and investigation into fireworks calls adds further responsibility to first responders who are needed on the scene of other crimes and emergencies. LFR says possession or use of fireworks in the city can result in a fine of up to $1,000.
KCBD-TV NBC 11 Lubbock

San Antonio firefighters credit workers for stopping plant’s ammonia leak from spreading

San Antonio firefighters are crediting workers at a warehouse near downtown for preventing an ammonia leak from spreading throughout the neighborhood. Battalion chief Jarrett Vocke said the took quick action that kept the leak contained only to their building, located in the 1500 block of S. San Marcos. ”That was mitigated by keeping the doors closed, which was a good call on the employees’ part and we were able to slowly ventilate the structures,” Vocke said. The process of ventilating the building, owned by Kiolbassa Smoked Meats, took most of the night. Firefighters got the initial call about the leak shortly after 11:30 p.m. Monday but didn’t give the all-clear until around 5 a.m. Tuesday. ”Initially, when we first got on scene, not all employees were accounted for because they had left through different exits,” Vocke said. Eventually, everyone did turn up.
KSAT-TV ABC 12 San Antonio

Callahan County: Wildfires damaging volunteer fire departments equipment

Fire chiefs in the Big Country said they've been busy this month battling wildfires. "Usually it starts in July, but this year it started in June and it's been very hectic," said Eula Fire Chief Charlie Dawson. Dawson, with the Eula Volunteer Fire Department, said a wildfire in Callahan County on the 18th damaged four of his trucks, which were in service the next day. "In this situation, it was dark and heavy smoke and couldn't see what you were hitting, running over fences, trees, boulders and just fighting the terrain," said Dawson. The same fire damaged a brush truck with the Clyde Volunteer Fire Department, which is still out of service. "With all the recent fires, it over heated on us and a fire blown the airline and blew the motor in it all the back to station and trying to get it prepared," said Clyde Fire Chief Richy Barr.
KTXS-TV ABC 12 Abilene

The city of Abilene will close Lake Kirby July 4th to prevent the illegal use of fireworks

According to the city of Abilene, Lake Kirby will be closed July 4th beginning at 7 pm to prevent the use of fireworks within city limits. Jeremy Williams, Fire Marshal for the Abilene fire department said the decision to close Lake Kirby for the 4th of July was to stop the illegal use of fireworks within city limits this holiday weekend. "We see a lot of fireworks going on out here. When I walked out here today there was a discharged firework laying on the ground" said Williams. According to Williams in past years the fire department has seen an excess of fireworks coming from the area. "The last few weeks, we have had an excessive amount of grass fires in the city and right on the edge of town even with the recent rainfall, the high winds we will have all week and high temperatures we are afraid of grass fires and want to cut down on that this weekend," said Williams.
KIDY-TV Fox 6 San Angelo

Woodrow Volunteer Fire Department responds to fire, family safe but house is total loss

The Woodrow Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire late Monday night at a home that is now a complete loss, but the family and pets are safe. Fire Chief Wes Boone says crews were called around 11:35 Monday night in the 17000 block of County Road 2220. When firefighters arrived, the fire was fully involved in the northeast corner bedroom. All the occupants including pets were reported safe but the house is a total loss. It is unknown at this time whether the State Fire Marshall is investigating. The cause of the fire at this time is undetermined.
KCBD-TV NBC 11 Lubbock

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