Burnet Fire Department




Squatters camp fire to blame in blaze in Burnet County

Jill R. McAfee/Special to The Highlander
The Texas A&M Forest Service assisted in the battle of a 60-acre blaze with air drops on Sept. 8 in the Spring Creek Hills Subdivision, about five miles west of Burnet.




By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Rough terrain and rocky hill sides challenged fire crews to douse a nearly 60-acre blaze Sept. 8 in the Spring Creek Hills subdivision, about five miles west of Burnet, officials said.


Burnet home destroyed in fire

Amy Prayer/Highland Lakes Newspapers

An over heated extension cord connected to a space heater led to the fire that quickly engulfed a Burnet resident's mobile home.

Amy Prayer

Highland Lake Newspapers

John Ballard, 48, of Burnet along with his female pit bull escaped his mobile home that caught fire Saturday, Feb. 25.

Burnet Fire Department (BFD) was alerted of the fire at 5:20 p.m., located at 101 Valley Drive in Burnet. When they arrived six minutes later Ballard's home was completely engulfed in flames and was a total loss.

“It only took three to four minutes for my house to burn from end to end,” said Ballard.

Although the fire was not out of control BFD called for assistance with water from Bertram and Cassie Volunteer Fire Departments who arrived with tankers.

With the help of 13-20 firefighters on scene firefighters were able to have the fire composed by 6:02 p.m.

During his investigation, Fire Marshal John Paul Erskine was able to find the source of the fire.

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