Fire chiefs’ plea gets burn ban returned
FIRE IN THE DARK—An 86-year-old Rockdale woman lost her home and belongings in an 8:48 p.m. blaze Thursday. Seleta Clark fled her home, 107 Eighth Street, after a small heater by a bed started the fire, according to Rockdale VFD Fire Chief Herbie Vaughan. “It quickly got up in the attic,” he said, “She’s okay but she just got out with only the clothes she had on.” In addition to the extremely dark conditions on the dimly-lit street, firefighters had to deal with strong north winds and sub-freezing temperatures. Volunteers returned to the scene at 12:03 a.m. when more smoke was reported. Mrs. Clark is now staying with relatives.
Reporter/Mike Brown Milam County’s rural outdoor burn ban was re-instated Tuesday after chiefs of the county’s two largest volunteer fire departments requested action from County Judge Dave Barkemeyer.
Barkemeyer, who is attending a judicial conference for newlyelected judicial officials in Lubbock until Friday, made the declaration on Tuesday.
Monday morning, Rockdale Fire Chief (and Precinct 4 Constable) Herbie Vaughan, appeared before commissioners, saying he was also speaking for Cameron Chief Henry Horelica, who was unable to attend.
Judge Pro Tem Dale Jaecks, who presided, said he was unsure if the judge pro tem could enact the ban, so Barkemeyer was reached the next day.
Vaughan said “it has rained just enough to get fire trucks stuck but not enough to stop grass fires from happening.”
Rockdale VFD has answered five grass alarms since Friday.