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Friday, August 23, 2019

2-alarm fire near Humble destroys at least 24 homes, displaces 27 people

PHOTOS: More than two dozen people have been displaced Friday after a massive 2-alarm fire tore through an apartment complex in northwest Harris County, damaging at least 24 units, firefighters said. The fire took place at the Haverstock Hills apartments at the 5600 block of Aldine Bender Road near Humble just before 1 a.m. Friday, responders said. Eastex Firefighters responded to the fire at the 3-story apartment complex and worked with seven agencies to get the fire under control, said Laurie Christensen, Harris County Fire Marshal. Caroline Dalcour said she barely had enough time to get out."Somebody was banging and banging and telling us to get out," she said. "I just grabbed my purse with my bank card and money and ran out."She exited her apartment still wearing her night clothes, she said. Neighbors were throwing bricks at apartment doors trying to get the attention of others who were still inside their apartment, she said.
My San Antonio.com

Woman burned after flash fire in east Austin food truck

A woman was taken to the hospital after being burned in a flash fire inside a food truck in east Austin Thursday evening. According to a tweet from Austin-Travis County EMS, medics responded to the 1500 block of East Sixth Street near the Texas State Cemetary at 7:23 p.m. One woman was burned and taken to Dell Seton Medical Center with injuries that are not expected to be life-threatening. The Austin Fire Department says someone was trying to light a grill when the flames flashed up.
KXAN-TV NBC 36 Austin

Fire damages Killeen woman’s apartment, then burglars ransack it

After a fire breaks out at a local apartment complex, multiple families are left to pick up the pieces. But hours later, more devastating news for one family after someone breaks into their mother's apartment. Semone Taylor received a call from her brother Tuesday morning about a fire at her mom’s apartment on Jennifer Drive in Killeen. “He called me at 5:33 in the morning and said ‘momma’s apartment building is on fire.’ He had to tell me four times before I actually realized it,” she said. A sense of shock for Taylor as she rushed to her mom’s apartment. Her mom’s apartment was one of several units damaged in the fire. “What was going through your mind at the time?” News 10 asked. “Where is my momma --- the whole time,” she answered. Hours after the fire was put out, they were hit with another low. “I got a call…they took her stuff. I was like, are you kidding?” Taylor said. It wasn’t a joke.
KWTX-TV 10 News Waco

Waco: Firefighters rescue 2 dogs from burning house

Waco firefighters rescued two dogs Thursday evening after responding to a report of a house fire in the 3300 block of North 27th Street. Smoke was pouring from the one-story house when the first crews arrived at around 6:35 p.m. Thursday. Firefighters extinguished the flames in about 10 minutes and brought the two dogs to safety. "They had got one dog out but this one was in there," says homeowner Pamela Harding who was holding her puppy. "They found her and I'm grateful that they found her, and that no one was home," she said. Officials say no one was in the house when the fire, which destroyed the laundry room, started. The rest of the home sustained minor smoke damage. The cause is under investigation.
KWTX-TV 10 News Waco

Littlefield police arrest woman for arson

Littlefield Fire Rescue and Littlefield police responded to a reported structure fire near South Westside Ave. and West 6th street Thursday afternoon. First responders found the front of the house fully engulfed in flames. According to police a 67-year-old resident suffering heavily from smoke inhalation was removed from the house by a neighbor. Police report Catrina Williams Robinson, 31, was seen running from the house moments before flames were seen at the front of the home. Witnesses were able to identify her. Robinson came back to the scene where she was detained by Littlefield police. Robinson was arrested and charged by a State Fire Marshal. She's booked into the Lamb County Jail. She's charged with attempted capital murder, arson and retaliation.
KJTV-TV 34 Fox Lubbock

Fire crews continue to battle fires in Hardeman, Cottle counties

Fire crews in the area continue to battle range fires across the area. The Texas A&M Forest Service said the Copper Breaks Fire in Hardeman County is considered 84 percent while reaching 7,206 acres. While the cause of the fire remains under investigation, nearly 130 personnel worked the fire yesterday and will continue today from the ground and air. Crews have been working directly at the fire’s edge to construct, connect and maintain containment lines. Firefighters also are putting out flare-ups and hot spots. There are currently no reports of injuries or primary residence losses due to this fire. The Copper Breaks Fire sparked Friday near Quanah. In the next county over in Cottle County, firefighters are working on the Bird Ranch Fire. That fire is considered 85 percent and is 9,931 acres long.
KFDA-TV Newschannel 10

Thursday, August 22, 2019

New Galveston fire station latest recovery from Ike in 2008

Galveston has a new main fire station as recovery continues since Hurricane Ike swamped parts of the city in 2008. The Galveston County Daily News reports the $9.6 million Fire Station No. 1 was one of the last large projects funded by Ike disaster relief money. Construction continues on a public works building and a wastewater treatment plant. Visitors on Wednesday toured the nearly 28,000-square-foot (2,600-square-meter) fire station. The base is 11 feet (3.35 meters) above ground level. Fire Chief Mike Wisko says the station was reinforced to withstand a Category 5 hurricane. Forecasters say such storms include winds of at least 157 mph (250 kph). All six Galveston fire stations were damaged by Ike, with winds of 110 mph (177 kph) and a 15-foot (4.6-meter) storm surge.
Laredo Morning Times

Midland Fire Department working to solve staffing problems

The Midland and Odessa Fire departments are no strangers to under staffing and cost of living problems. Like most people in the Permian Basin, new firefighter recruits are having a hard time balancing cost of living and employment, leaving local fire stations with little options. “We get to respond a lot of things because we are short staffed,” Matthew Foster, Midland firefighter, said. On average, firefighters do 60 emergency runs a day. “It’s not just sit around the fire station and do nothing all day," said Charles Blumenauer, Midland Fire Chief. "It’s tough on their bodies and on their minds, but these guys are doing their best to make sure that they’re ready.” Firefighters are used to carrying a heavy load, but in Midland that load they’re carrying is even heavier because so many of them are having to work overtime to keep citizens safe.
KWES-TV NewsWest 9

Follow up: Man arrested after Dallas woman’s body found in burning SUV

Police in Dallas say a 49-year-old man has been arrested and charged with capital murder in the death of a woman whose body was found this week in her burning SUV. Authorities say Glen Richter was arrested and booked early Thursday into the Dallas County jail in the death of 22-year-old Sara Hudson, who worked in Dallas after graduating recently from the University of Arkansas. Investigators say firefighters responded Monday evening to a report of a vehicle fire and Hudson's body was found inside after the flames were extinguished. Authorities say she died of "homicidal violence." Her family says she was intending to meet with friends to celebrate her birthday. Police have not revealed a motive in the killing. Online jail records don't indicate whether Richter has an attorney to answer the charges.
KTEN-TV Channel 10

Corpus Christi firefighters extinguish fire along Interstate 37

The Corpus Christi Fire Department was dispatched to the Interstate 37 and Rand Morgan block just before 6 p.m. Wednesday after reports of a fire. A motorist on their way home from work was passing by and saw the flames burning out of control and made the call to emergency crews. The high winds were blowing thick billows of smoke across the busy freeway. The road was shut down while crews were battling the fire. There is currently no word on the cause of the fire.
KIII-TV3 South Texas

Fire at Central Abilene residence causes about $5,000 in damages

A fire that began in a detached garage in central Abilene early Thursday spread to the nearby house before being extinguished by firefighters, the Abilene Fire Department said. When firefighters arrived just before 2 a.m. at the residence in the 700 block of Chestnut Street, flames had fully engulfed the garage and began to ignite the exterior of the vacant house, according to an AFD news release. "Fire crews were able to extinguish the fire and prevent further damage to the house," the news release said. There was about $5,000 in damages, and the cause is under investigation, AFD said.
Abilene Reporter-News

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