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Three agencies help stop structure fire

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GBC, Payne Springs, Mabank FD help save third residence



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GUN BARREL CITY–The Gun Barrel City Fire Department responded June 15 at 4:29 a.m. to a structure fire in the 100 block of Lake Shadow Drive.
Firefighters found three residential structures close together with two already engulfed in flames upon arrival. Two of the structures sustained heavy fire, smoke and water damage.
The residents were able to escape without injury while firefighters prevented the fire from spreading to the third structure. The family’s pet dog was located by firefighters after being unable to escape the burning building.
Payne Springs and Mabank Fire Departments’ assistance was requested due to the intensity of the fire. Both of those departments provided manpower and water that were critical in saving the third residence.
UT Health EMS was on the scene of the fire and treated one firefighter who suffered a heat-related illness. The firefighter was treated and released back to duty. The American Red Cross responded to the scene and is currently assisting the displaced residents affected.
“I would like to thank the Payne Springs and Mabank Fire Departments for their response to our mutual aid request this morning,” Gun Barrel City Fire Department Captain Jacob Rainey said. “Without their support this morning, we would have not been able to save the third residence.”