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Three Rivers volunteer fire department, aided by others, fights aggressive fire
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Three Rivers Police Chief Vance Roberts performs fire fighting duties while waiting for fire trucks to arrive at the fire that threatened homes in Churchill Acres on April 2.
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The Three Rivers Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire call in the Ray Point area off FM 1358 on April 2 at approximately 12:30 p.m. with three firemen and two grass trucks.

The fire was taken care of very quickly. Then, at approximately 1 p.m., as the units were preparing to depart the scene, the department was paged out and responded from their current location to a fire call in the field area immediately adjacent to Cherrydown Street inside the Three Rivers city limits.

Due to extremely high wind conditions, this fire quickly spread and threatened several homes at this location and continued to the area adjacent to Oakville Road.

The Three Rivers Police Department and City workers were able to protect the homes in the immediate area by utilizing residential water hoses until the arrival of the city fire truck. Police Chief Vance Roberts was utilized to perform fire fighting duties once the city truck was set up since limited firefighting staff were available. Other units, with four firefighters, and volunteers were used to prevent the fire from spreading further, as well as protecting other homes.

At one point, it was believed that an evacuation of the Three Rivers school system could become necessary should the fire continue to spread past Oakville Road. However, the fire was aggressively attacked and stopped just as it began to jump the roadway.

The efforts of all the emergency responders and volunteers aided in the saving of at least eight homes, several storage buildings and vehicles.

The suspected cause of this fire is believed to be sparks generated by power lines being blown around during extremely high wind conditions.

This incident spanned a eight hour period until the area was declared safe, and all responding staff were released.

During this period of time, there were four additional fires being worked in the county. The other fires, which included a extensive fire in the Lagarto area, destroyed many structures, and required the following Fire Departments to divert and provide assistance in Lagarto while en route to provide mutual aid to Three Rivers: George West, Pettus, Whitsett, Pawnee, Beeville, and Kames County.

The officers of the department thank all that responded, coming to the aid of our fellow citizens, and are thankful no one was injured! The department would like to give special thanks to City officials for the City workers assistance and equipment used to cut a fire break, their Valero Corporation for several refinery workers and management officials who volunteered to augment the fire department and to the Staghorn Restaurant, Rod Oliver and his staff who generously provided a meal for the volunteer firemen.
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