Labor Day weekend proves to be busy fire weekend

POSTED: Monday, September 2, 2013 - 5:35pm
UPDATED: Monday, September 2, 2013 - 8:34pm

It may be a holiday and a day off from work for most but not everyone got to celebrate.

Bryan-College Station fire crews stayed busy this weekend with three separate fires including two Monday.

The Labor Day holiday is a notorious time for fires.

In fact, since Friday, the Texas A&M Forest Service has responded to 26 fires that have burned more than 400 acres keeping firefighters busy including right here in Brazos County.

"As dry as it is we've been really fortunate with the number of fires we've had," said Brazos County Precinct 4 Assistant Fire Chief, Michael Pratt. "We've been able to get to them and keep them from getting out of control."

Monday morning just after 7:45 Brazos County firefighters responded to a house fire near Smetana Road.

It took crews from four different surrounding area agencies to put out the flames.

"The problem that we're having extinguishing the fire is that it's underneath the floor," Pratt said. "We've had to put some holes in the floor to gain access to it but that's our challenge right now because we can't see it to get to it."

And while the house is destroyed Assistant Chief Pratt said it could have been much worse, "Oh absolutely. Any time we can save a life or prevent a life from being burned, you know that's what we're here for."

The cause of the fire is unknown but it's believed to have started in the kitchen.

And just a few hours later another fire broke out, this time in College Station.

We're told illegal burning sparked a grass fire destroying a storage building...proving just how serious the threat of fires are this holiday weekend.


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