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South Austin duplex catches fire

Posted on September 21st, 2010 No Comments

Austin firefighters responded to a 9-1-1 call about a south Austin duplex catching fire early yesterday morning at around 6 AM.  Firefighters told reporters that when they arrived at the 3300 block of Clawson Road there was smoke and flames coming from the building.

When fire crews arrived, the duplex’s five residents had already escaped.  Firefighters were able to rescue two pets, a ferret and a snake.  The building’s residents told officials that they were awoken after the fire caused their home’s windows to break.

Arson detectives are currently investigating the accident.  They believe that the fire started on patio furniture on the duplex’s back porch.  Officials estimate $100,000 worth of damage was done to the home.

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Investigation Continues in El Paso Warehouse Fire

Posted on June 21st, 2010 No Comments

Fire investigators are trying to determine the cause of a massive warehouse fire in South Central El Paso Friday night.

The blaze occurred at the Los Angeles El Paso Express warehouse on the 1700 block of Delta Drive shortly after 9:00 p.m. Friday. Authorities say firefighters quickly placed a second alarm on the fire, and summoned more than 65 firefighters to put down the flames. It took crews more than four hours to put out the fire, as thick black smoke could be seen from miles away.

“The smoke was pretty smothering,” said Martha Lopez, who lives near the warehouse. “It did make it quite difficult to breathe. I have an elderly mom, and we were both struggling.”

Response crews remained on the scene of the fire through the night and well into Saturday afternoon.

Investigators continue to probe the cause of the fire and asses the damage done. Preliminary reports on the scene indicated that pallets were fueling the blaze, but it is unclear what exactly was inside the warehouse.

No injuries were reported.

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Fire and explosion damage north-central Texas town

Posted on June 17th, 2010 No Comments

A massive explosion at Cleburn, Texas, roughly 50 miles southwest of Dallas, was responsible for the death of three people.

The explosion occurred purportedly after a project that was digging in the area struck the gas line buried in the earth. The explosion triggered a widespread fire through the rural community, stretching out to an estimated circumference of 400 to 600 feet.

Eyewitness accounts reported that the explosion itself sounded like a loud thunderclap, which was followed by a sound that was something similar to a tornado. The noise from the incident could be heard several miles away from the site.

Six people were taken by helicopter and ambulance to local hospitals by the Johnson County emergency crews.

Explosion at restaurant causes severe injury and major damage

Posted on June 9th, 2010 No Comments

An explosion that rocked 211 N. Weaver Street in Gainesville on Monday afternoon destroyed the entire inside of a local eatery.

The restaurant, El Taco Riendo, suffered massive damages from an explosion ruled as an accident by the fire marshal. According to witness reports, when the flames erupted, a microwave was blown out of the back of the building, followed by workers and patrons. A toddler was thrown out of a door by one of the women in the building in an attempt to save the child. Others were seen, scorched from deep burns, scrambling out of the building as quickly as possibly.

As of Tuesday, one person was in serious condition while four others were in critical condition. No one was killed. The injured victims of the blast were taken to southward to Dallas’ Parkland Hospital.

The store was just a few miles from the Oklahoma border, and noted for its friendly, customer-first attitude.

An investigation is still open on exactly what caused the explosion, although many recognized that, beyond the kitchen, there was little else to the building itself.

Alvin Pantry destroyed in fire

Posted on June 3rd, 2010 No Comments

A fire that destroyed a convenience store near Pearland, Texas, may have been intentional, authorities think.

The Brazoria County Fire Marshal told local news sources that he believed there was good reason to be suspicious of the fire’s circumstance. According to his statements, items that could have been used to burn down the store were located nearby, and evidence from the fire was promptly sent to the Pasadena arson lab.

The fire was reported to the Brazoria County Sheriff’s Department around 3 a.m. on Monday, as the Alvin Pantry convenience store located at the intersection of Texas 35 and CR 129. Reports indicated no injuries from the fire, although the building was destroyed.

The store had been in business for 16 years prior to the incident.

Fires like these that ruin businesses and leave workers and owners without an integral part of their livelihoods are avoidable disasters. An adequate and suitable fire prevention system can help to preserve property and save money and jobs in the process. If you or someone you know needs a better fire prevention solution, contact the Austin sprinkler installation professionals at Ace Fire Equipment by calling 512-835-2020.

Four charged with arson in 2006 Austin church fire

Posted on April 30th, 2010 No Comments

Four men have been charged with arson in the 2006 burning of St. John’s Presbyterian Church in south Austin. All men were teens at the time of the fire and they face second-degree felony charges and are currently at large. Police and fire officials have been gathering sufficient evidence over the past few years to issue warrants, including statements from a friend and an accomplice who were aware of the plan to commit arson. The fire is estimated to have caused between $30,000 and $50,000 in damage.

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Fire at Austin school destroys playground

Posted on April 23rd, 2010 No Comments

A fire last week broke out at a playground at an Austin school, completely destroying play equipment and damaging nearby trees.

After the fire, police soon announced that they held two juveniles in custody on the suspicion of starting the blaze at Brooke Elementary school in east Austin. Police state that the two juveniles started the fire early in the night of April 11 and are now facing charges of “criminal mischief by arson,” a 3rd degree felony. Luckily no one was injured in the accident, but now the school must clean up the mess and buy new equipment. School officials say they do not know now how long it will take before the school children and community members will be able to use the playground again.

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Austin blaze destroys at least 100 motorcycles

Posted on April 16th, 2010 No Comments

A fire at the Woods Fun Center so large that it could be seen from downtown consumed more than 100 brand new motorcycles last week. Employees were not aware of the fire until heavy smoke began to billow from the building. The lost inventory is estimated to amount to at least $1 million.

The flames came dangerously close to a number of above ground fuel tanks outside the shop but luckily none of the tanks exploded.

The fire posed an unusual problem for firefighters as many of the motorcycles contained significant amounts of magnesium, which burns extremely brightly.

Right now, the main concern is for the lost inventory and what the fire will mean for employees of the shop. “Everyone involved is going to take a hit financially because like I said if we don’t have the inventory to sale then we’re going to be in a bind,” said Michael Sweetland, sales manager at Woods Fun Center.

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Texas Man Sentenced to 5 Years for Attempted Arson

Posted on April 9th, 2010 No Comments

A man from Texas has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for the 2006 attempted arson of luxury condos in Pasadena.

According to court documents, 44 year-old Steven James Murphy planned to torch the 30-unit Vista Del Arroyo Bungalows at 40 Arroyo Drive using a 64 ounce plastic bottle containing gasoline and a delayed ignition timer. Thankfully, the device failed to ignite.

Murphy was sentenced Monday at the federal courthouse in Los Angeles, and admitted to committing the crime on behalf of the Earth Liberation Front, an environmental extremest group. Murphy accepted a plea bargain, and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit arson.

According to the plea bargain, Murphy learned how to make the explosive device from an accomplice, and decided to burn down the multimillion-dollar building project to intimidate and inflict economic harm on individuals they believed were causing harm to the environment.

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Northwest Austin apartment fire leaves 30 homeless

Posted on March 26th, 2010 No Comments

An apartment fire in northwest Austin has left 30 people without a home and caused $2.6 million in property damage.

The fire broke out around 2:15 a.m. on Thursday at 9219 Anderson Mill Road. Sixty firefighters from the Austin and Jollyville fire departments reported to the scene. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, and investigators say that because the building collapsed, further investigation is needed. Luckily, no one was injured.

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