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That’s a term you hear at really bad fires. This is what it looks like. Preston Muston and the Rockdale Volunteer Fire Department had to contend with this as fire claimed the Luncida Parker home at 316 Upton, across Third from New Hope Baptist Church at 11:08 a.m. Thursday. Fire Chief Herbie Vaughan said Parker, 86, lived in the house with four brothers, the youngest of whom is 67. All escaped. Vaughan said the fire is believed to have started from an electric heater. “We were hampered by a manpower shortage and called in help from Milano, Thorndale and Black Jack,” he said. “The days when we get a dozen people responding at once from Alcoa to a work-time fire are gone.” At one point the fire jumped the street into the yard of a nearby house and was put out by bystanders using tin sheets and whatever else they could find. 
Reporter/Mike Brown That’s a term you hear at really bad fires. This is what it looks like. Preston Muston and the Rockdale Volunteer Fire Department had to contend with this as fire claimed the Luncida Parker home at 316 Upton, across Third from New Hope Baptist Church at 11:08 a.m. Thursday. Fire Chief Herbie Vaughan said Parker, 86, lived in the house with four brothers, the youngest of whom is 67. All escaped. Vaughan said the fire is believed to have started from an electric heater. “We were hampered by a manpower shortage and called in help from Milano, Thorndale and Black Jack,” he said. “The days when we get a dozen people responding at once from Alcoa to a work-time fire are gone.” At one point the fire jumped the street into the yard of a nearby house and was put out by bystanders using tin sheets and whatever else they could find. Reporter/Mike Brown

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The burn ban for Milam County has been lifted. Burning is always prohibited in the county's municipalities.


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