Five families lose home to blaze

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“Please, let the firefighters know what a great job they all did,” said Fire Investigator Lt. Janine Mather. Mather is with the State of Texas Fire Marshall’s office and is responsible for investigating fires within 20 Texas counties, including Robertson.
On Saturday, August 3, Calvert Fire Chief Joe Jackson and volunteer firefighter Zeke Bermudez were the first to respond to the call. “I told the chief we needed back up, he told me Hearne was on the way,” said Bermudez. Along with Hearne Fire Department, Bremond as well as Franklin responded to the blaze at 5:55 p.m.
The blaze engulfed eight apartments and displaced five families when it was finally extinguished six hours later. All residents were accounted for and no injuries were sustained.
Chief Jackson was transported to St. Joseph Hospital and later release. Jackson was treated for heat exhaustion. Bermudez along with Richard Dawson were both treated at the scene for heat exhaustion and cleared by Robertson County EMS.
The Robertson County EMS was on hand with several ambulances to assist residents along with Bremond PD, Calvert PD, Hearne PD, Robertson County Sheriff’s office and the Texas Department of Public Safety.
“The cause of the fire is undetermined,” said Lt. Mather, “I used the dog to investigate the scene and there was no response to incendiary odor.” An undetermined cause simply means that the fire could not be proved accidental or intentional. According to officials, no one has come forward with any statement suggesting foul play. Official sources did suggest that the cause might have been electrical, though no official report has been filled at the time of this report.
The American Red Cross is working to assist the displaced families according to the Calvert Volunteer Fire Department.
“These fire-fighters saved more than they know, there is a field located at the backside of the apartment complex, without those volunteers, a lot more could have been lost,” said Mather.

Dennis Phillips / Publisher

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