Quick Action by Fire Fighters Saves the Town from Major Disaster
On Tuesday, April 24, at 5:03 p.m., the Lexington Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a “block-long fire” that was just 75 yards from area homes. The fire was located on the Browder property, which borders a large portion of the west edge of town.
Three trucks and eight firefighters were on the scene within minutes, with at least three more fire fighters on standby at the station. Even though the fire was in a pasture, the volume of old cars and debris forced the firefighters to fight on-foot, which made it more dangerous.
15 mph winds out of the south moved the fire away from town, toward Harold Smith’s property on FM 112. The firefighters were able to extinguish the fire in about an hour, with no structural damage.
The investigation showed that it was caused by two juveniles, who were burning something in an old refrigerator that quickly got out of hand. The case was handled by the Lexington Police Department, who submitted it to the Juvenile Courts for further action.