Numerous Fires Exacerbated by Monday's Strong Winds

An investigation is underway in Robstown to figure out what started a structure fire that was fueled by Monday's strong winds.

In all, two homes were lost, and the fire threatened to spread to other houses in the area.

It happened on West Avenue E in the afternoon hours. Luckily, no one was hurt, but two families are left with nothing but each other and the clothes on their backs.

Tropical storm-force winds fueled the flames, causing the fire to jump from one home to the next. Firefighters raced to control the raging inferno, but it wasn't enough to save Cindy Aldaco's home.

"I was at work. Everyone started calling me and said my house was on fire," Aldaco said. "As you can see, I have nothing left."

Neighbors and the American Red Cross went to her aid, but after the recent loss of her parents, the disaster could not have come at a worse time.

"Material stuff I can replace," Aldaco said. "I have nothing left of my parents."

At one point, the flames were so intense firefighters had to retreat back for safety reasons as the roof of a home caved in. The Garza family could only stand by and watch their home go up in flames. When the smoke cleared, there was nothing left but the charred shell of the two homes.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation. Neighbors reported hearing a popping sound before discovering the fire.

However, out of the tragedy also comes a sign of hope. Among the rubble, firefighters found a puppy, shaken and scared, but okay.

The house fires were not the only ones that Robstown fire crews had to battle Monday afternoon. They also had to contend with a shed fire on County Road 46 where it meets Highway 77. That fire erupted shortly before those house fires.

Investigators said it started as a grass fire, which quickly engulfed the nearby shed. Homes nearby were evacuated as a precaution, and there has been no word as to how it started.
Meanwhile, a brush fire had erupted at Hazel Bazemore Park on the city's northwest side. It broke out around 1:30 p.m.

Firefighters managed to keep a couple of nearby homes from being damaged, and crews had the blaze pretty much out within around 45 minutes.

Also, in Kleberg County, a brush fire kept firefighters there busy for a good portion of the afternoon. Drivers were turned around at FM 772 and FM 1118, where several different agencies were trying to put out at least three fires that had sparked up due to the strong winds.

At one point, the flames threatened a barn, and fire crews were working to put out hotspots throughout the evening.


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