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Lake burns
by Tim Delaney, Progress Editor
Nov 30, 2012 | 1562 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SWINNEY SWITCH – Three volunteer fire departments kept a careful watch on a huge fire that ignited in the middle of Lake Corpus Christi on Thanksgiving.

Fire Chief Lonnie Messer of the Swinney Switch Volunteer Fire Department said his department, the Lagarto VFD and the Mathis VFD kept watch on the fire Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

“We were on standby. We checked on it again Sunday morning,” Messer said.

“It was a big, big section. You could see it from U.S. Highway 59. It looked like the whole country was on fire,” he said.

Messer said the fire was in the middle of the lake and started around 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. His department responded to the call at 5:30 p.m.

The middle of the lake had dried up and lots of vegetation and trees there were on fire.

“Nobody knew what it was going to do,” he said. “Lots of people were scared.”

But by Sunday morning, the fire looked like it was out.

“It looks like it’s out, but some of those trees might be still smoldering,” he said.

He also said residents in the area think the fire was started by fireworks going off to celebrate the holiday.

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