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35 Firefighters Battle Building Fire

Total of three structure fires in two days last weekend

On Saturday, July 6, the Giddings Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to Brad and Sons Construction, a company occupying a large building located at 3492 Hwy. 77 in Giddings. Very quickly, the Lincoln and South Lee County Volunteer Fire Departments were called to help battle the blaze.

Giddings Fire Chief Jimmy Mitschke said, “The fire started between 10 and 10:30 a.m. and originated in the downstairs offices before migrating to an upstairs office. We cut a ventilation hole in the ceiling near the upstairs office to keep the fire from spreading throughout the building. We were on site for about four hours.”

Chief Mitschke said that there were a few injuries, most from heat exhaustion by firefighters. They were rehabilitated in the ambulances provided by B & M Ambulance. One firefighter suffered burns to his forehead after a portion of the ceiling collapsed.

GVFD responded with 23 firefighters, Lincoln had eight, and South Lee County had four, for a total of 35 firefighters.

Lee County Sheriff’s Deputies Grover, Ray and Ledenbach responded to make a report on the fire.

“Approximately five percent of the building was damaged,” said Chief Mitschke. “The cause of the fire is under investigation. The State Fire Marshal has been called and will be active in the investigation. At this time, we do not know what caused it.”

The Giddings Fire Department also fought a house fire on Saturday at about 5 p.m. Chief Mitschke said, “The house was located on Hwy. 290 and the homeowners had it almost under control when we arrived. That fire appeared to have started outside in a stack of lumber near the back steps, but we do not know what caused it. The homeowners heard their smoke alarm go off and began dousing the fire with a water hose almost immediately. We were at the location for a short time, putting out hot spots. Only one percent of the home suffered damage.”

Then, on Sunday, July 7, Giddings firefighters were dispatched to Bluebonnet Electric at about 1:30 p.m. for a large fire that completely destroyed their computer server room. Chief Mitschke said, “The cause of this fire is not known. Their insurance company will investigate. There was heavy smoke damage to three additional offices. We estimate that about ten percent of the building was damaged.”

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