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Two major fires hit this area

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CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Area firefighters fought two major fires this week – one at a Gun Barrel City La Quinta Inn and another at a house in Payne Springs.

Both fires, which caused damage but no major injuries, remained under investigation at last report.

The Payne Springs Fire Rescue reported on their Facebook page that they were alerted to the La Quinta Fire in GBC shortly after 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

Firefighters from Seven Points, Tool, Eustace and Log Cabin were on call to cover the Gun Barrel City and Payne Springs districts while the GBC and PS fire departments fought the hotel blaze, reports show.

In the second incident, Payne Springs firefighters were called to the scene of a Cherokee Shores house fire at 5:44 a.m. Wednesday.

Firefighters from Gun Barrel City, Eustace, and Enchanted Oaks all helped combat that Payne Springs fire, which was compounded by two non-working smoke alarms in the house.

Payne Springs firefighters arrived on the scene to find a single wide trailer with smoke showing, according to reports.

"Smoke was down to the floor," the Payne Springs Fire Rescue report states. "As crews arrived on location a 1 3/4 inch attack line was placed in service as crews made the interior attack and a quick knock down of fire was accomplished."

Fortunately, the occupant of that house awoke up to use the restroom, smelled the smoke and called 911, reports show.

"The door of the room where the fire started was closed and that helped to contain the fire," the FB report states. "Please make sure you have working smoke detectors in your house and sleep with your door closed as it may save your life."

The Payne Springs Fire Rescue Facebook page also encourages Samaritans who wish to volunteer or donate to help bolster their firefighting equipment to come forward.

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