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Fire destroys property
by Tim Delaney, Progress editor
Dec 26, 2012 | 3132 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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A fire started by Corpus Christi Lake near Swinney Switch on Christmas Day afternoon. Fire departments from Beeville, Mathis, Orange Grove, Swinney Switch, Sandia, Lagarto, George West and Three Rivers battled the fire. Residents along the lake were ordered to evacuate by law enforcement, and a Department of Public Safety helicopter monitored the fire from above.
Richard Cantu photo A fire started by Corpus Christi Lake near Swinney Switch on Christmas Day afternoon. Fire departments from Beeville, Mathis, Orange Grove, Swinney Switch, Sandia, Lagarto, George West and Three Rivers battled the fire. Residents along the lake were ordered to evacuate by law enforcement, and a Department of Public Safety helicopter monitored the fire from above.
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Firefighters escort a man and his two pet dogs to safety while a fire that started by Corpus Christi Lake near Swinney Switch on Christmas Day afternoon raged. Fire departments from Beeville, Mathis, Orange Grove, Swinney Switch, Sandia, Lagarto, George West and Three Rivers battled the fire. Residents in the area were ordered by law enforcement to evacuate while a Department of Public Safety helicopter monitored the fire from above.
Richard Cantu photo Firefighters escort a man and his two pet dogs to safety while a fire that started by Corpus Christi Lake near Swinney Switch on Christmas Day afternoon raged. Fire departments from Beeville, Mathis, Orange Grove, Swinney Switch, Sandia, Lagarto, George West and Three Rivers battled the fire. Residents in the area were ordered by law enforcement to evacuate while a Department of Public Safety helicopter monitored the fire from above.
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A lone fireman watches the blaze that started by Lake Corpus Christi near Swinney Switch on Christmas Day afternoon. Fire departments from Beeville, Mathis, Orange Grove, Swinney Switch, Sandia, Lagarto, George West and Three Rivers battled the fire overnight.
Richard Cantu photo A lone fireman watches the blaze that started by Lake Corpus Christi near Swinney Switch on Christmas Day afternoon. Fire departments from Beeville, Mathis, Orange Grove, Swinney Switch, Sandia, Lagarto, George West and Three Rivers battled the fire overnight.
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A structure burns to the ground from a fire that started by Corpus Christi Lake near Swinney Switch on Christmas Day afternoon. Fire departments from Beeville, Mathis, Orange Grove, Swinney Switch, Sandia, Lagarto, George West and Three Rivers battled the fire.
Richard Cantu photo A structure burns to the ground from a fire that started by Corpus Christi Lake near Swinney Switch on Christmas Day afternoon. Fire departments from Beeville, Mathis, Orange Grove, Swinney Switch, Sandia, Lagarto, George West and Three Rivers battled the fire.
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SWINNEY SWITCH – A two-story house, mobile home and a shed housing a boat and two jet skis were burned to the ground by a fire that started in Lake Corpus Christi on Christmas Day afternoon, according to Chief Lonnie Messer, Swinney Switch Volunteer Fire Department, on Wednesday morning.

“It started about noon on Christmas Day,” Messer said.

“It looked like it was still in the middle of the lake. But at 3 p.m., it jumped over onto the bank,” he said.

“It was like somebody poured gasoline on it. The wind was about 40 mph,” he said.

Messer said around 30 fire trucks from numerous fire departments and all of the equipment that goes with them were at the scene.

Fire departments at the scene included Beeville, Mathis, Orange Grove, Swinney Switch, Sandia, Lagarto, George West and Three Rivers.

“We were still at it last night at 11:30 p.m.,” he said.

Live Oak County Sheriff Larry Busby said the fire affected three subdivisions, including Hideaway Hills, Sunset Villa and Morin.

Lake Corpus Christi was at 15 percent capacity and dropping, but where the fire started was in the northern part where it is completely dry.

Residents around the lake were ordered evacuated by law enforcement at the scene, and a Department of Pubic Safety helicopter monitored the fire from above for hot spots and then relayed that information to firefighters on the ground.

Messer said one resident had to be escorted out of his house because he did not want to leave.

On Wednesday, firefighters were cutting a fire path to prevent the fire from spreading should a southerly wind pick up.

Messer said the fire had retreated to the middle of the dry lake for now.
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