2013-07-04 / Front Page

Bastrop Suffers Déjà Vu

Bastrop County residents and business owners had feelings of déjà vu Sunday morning as they saw smoke billowing into the sky, reminding them of the Labor Day fires of 2011.

Dawn Adams, 911 Communications Director with the Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office, reported that their office had received a 911 call at 10:57 a.m. from the American Fireworks building at 1315 W. SH 71 in Bastrop. She reported that an employee of the business had heard fireworks going off in the back of the warehouse area and, as that employee made the call to the Sheriff ’s Office, smoke was coming into the building of the business.

Employees, who were in the warehouse when the fire started, were able to get out of the building safely, and no injuries were suffered.

Ten fire departments were on the scene within minutes, including the McDade Volunteer Fire Department and the Paige VFD. Fire fighters contained the fire by 12:29 that afternoon.

Adams said that firefighters made the decision not to enter the building since they didn’t know whether or not there were explosives in the burning building.

The building was used for assembling fireworks for retail and for shows. According to Chester Davis, owner of the business, the fire burned up fireworks for a show that was planned for the Hyde Park Baptist Church Sunday night. He indicated they lost several other trailers that were lined up for Fourth of July shows.

State Highway 71 eastbound was closed down completely at Hwy 71 and FM 1209 for several hours.

Parts of Bastrop are still recovering from wildfires two years ago that destroyed nearly 1,700 homes and most of the trees there. The cause of Sunday’s fire is still under investigation.

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