Investigators are trying to figure out what caused a house fire in Bluntzer, just outside of Robstown, Tuesday evening.
Fire crews were called to the 5000 block of County Road 40 at around 5:30 p.m. When they arrived, the home was fully engulfed in flames. It took several different agencies to get the blaze under control.
Since the house sits right next to railroad tracks, they had to stop the trains so that fire trucks could get close enough to the home.
It took about two hours, and the work of four different fire departments, to extinguish the blaze. Thankfully, the woman who lives there was not inside when the fire started.
The home was a complete loss, but crews were able to save the other two structures on the property. The home itself was very old, built back in the early 1900s, which is just one of the reasons why the inferno was difficult to fight.
"The biggest challenge is being on the county road with no water, so we had to shuttle water in," Annaville Fire Chief Michael Clack said. "The house is up on blocks. Creates an air draft underneath, and basically fuels the fire with extra wind coming underneath and above."
Fire officials said the home lost power earlier in the day, and crews from an electric company were onsite working to restore the power, when the fire started. It is too early to tell if that had anything to do with the fire, or if it was related in any way.
Of course, it will be a few days before they can sift through the remains and pin-point the exact cause, but the most important thing is that everyone is okay.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2013 WorldNow and KIII. All Rights Reserved.