Fire consumes nearly three dozen homes at Arrowhead in Lagarto
by Rita Arnst
Apr 02, 2009 | 3528 views | 6 6 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print

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Fire has consumed at least three dozen homes in Lagarto near the Arrowhead neighborhood adjacent to St. Mary and St. Moses Abbey.

The fire started near the Abbey at approximately 12:42 p.m. according to Live Oak County Sheriff's office. Nine homes on Explorer Lane were destroyed; 10 homes on Hunter's Trail were gutted as the fire continued and 15 homes on Pathfinder were also destroyed by the flames said LOC Sheriff authorities. Acreage on Broken Arrow, Blackbear, and Lazy Lane, as well as countless vehicles, boats and sheds were consumed in the fire, said Live Oak County Chief Deputy Glenn Thompson. The fire is still active as high winds continue to blow the embers, Thompson said. "There were no fatalities, although several people were taken by ambulance to area hospitals," Thompson stated.

Fire trucks from Lagarto, Three Rivers, George West, Orange Grove, Beeville, Mathis, Whitsett, and a helicopter from the Texas Forestry Service responded. "The helicopter hovered over the lake and drew in 500-800 gallons of water in 20 seconds," said Deputy Johnny Calaway. Several dozers were brought in to create fire breaks and help contain the fire, said fire officials. At approximately 5:20 p.m. Karnes County firetrucks were dispatched to the scene as well. Texas Energy Services sent two tankers with water, said Sheriff's authorities. An emergency management team is on it's way from Austin according to Sheriff's dispatchers.

Fire officials advised families to stay out of the neighborhood as there are still "hot spots." Shelters have been set up at Lagarto Community Church, West Shore Baptist Church, and the Zephyr Baptist Encampment said LOC Sheriff authorities. Currently the Red Cross is on the scene at the Lagarto Fire Department to help bring aid to the victims of the fire.
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July 18, 2010
I lost everything I owned in the fire in Lagarto our home was on Pathfinder there was only one thing that the fire did not take and that was my sons 1973 Scout But who ever did the clean up took mean to take the only thing that did not burn is very sad. My Family has not received any help out of all the BBQ's and other fund raisers That were held I want to know WHY And where this money that was raised is at?????? There are people out here that had to buy Trailers from some Ministry Resource Center and now these people have to pay $60.00 a month to MRC but MRC can't or won't show where this money goes. I am angry and know one seems to really care about the victims. I am not going to go away an I will keep asking questions till I get some answers!!!!
January 30, 2010
What does anyone expect in case of loss (hurricane, tornado, earthquake, flood, fire, etc.)?

The disaster itself is news. What happens after the dust settles is the story.

Insurance policyholders, and more importantly disaster survivors, need to be informed of access to basic rights and information. Much is available, gratis! It just takes looking:

I asked, "Where are the sacred rights of an insurance policyholder?"

And because they were secret, I said, "I must create access."
April 04, 2009
My heart goes out to the families that lost their homes. Special Thanks to the ALL Fire Fighters, from around South Texas.
April 03, 2009
Hello Rita: Two thumbs up on the coverage. Proof positive that an editor's work is never done.
April 03, 2009
Good job Rita! Thanks for the news. I didn't see much on the CC news last night, but had read about it on Facebook
Marion Sehlke
April 03, 2009
Thanks for your coverage of the Lagarto fire. You did a good job and the pictures were great. I looked in the CC Caller Times and couldn't find much there about it.