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At Least Two Homes Destroyed in Lake Corpus Christi Fire

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

Smoke is still in the air around Lake Corpus Christi, where a massive fire has already destroyed at least two homes and is threatening others.

Firefighters are struggling to fight the flames, battling high winds and difficult terrain.

Roma Dashiell's family home once stood near Lake Corpus Christi. Part of it was built by her father's bare hands.

"My childhood burned up. It's real sad. This was my parents' place," Dashiell said. "It used to be a farm. Then they built the lake, and we built this house, Jim Walters home, when I was 11. And I'm 61."

Dashiell drove in from the Houston area to see if she could salvage anything from the ashes, but the only thing left is basically a skeleton of the house she once knew. The lake it once bordered is now a dried up field. The lakebed is now too soggy to allow for fire trucks to get close enough to the blaze.

The fire has been smoldering since Thanksgiving, but high winds from the cold front that blue in Tuesday night reignited the blaze, and now it is back with a vengeance.

"It's just a massive wall of smoke," said Scott Benham, who lives near the fire. "That's all you could see. You couldn't even see the flames, the smoke was so thick."

Benham has been keeping a watchful eye on his home as the flames march closer and closer.

"I started watering down my house, and got my family out of the house," Benham said.

Swinney Switch Volunteer Firefighter Richard Pointer said surrounding departments are helping out, but they can only do so much.

"It just went so fast. We can't get trucks out in certain areas. It's too soft," Pointer said. "Trucks will get bogged down. It's too soft."

Fire crews have been fighting hotspots on foot, but they are no match for the fire, which is several miles long. Crews say a good, solid rain is pretty much the only thing that will help at this point.

"But it's going to take a lot of it," Pointer said. "A lot of rain to fill this lake back up."

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