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Grass fire in Bloomington threatens mobile home

June 10, 2011 at 1:10 a.m.

Firefighters from the Victoria Fire Department and Victoria County Fire Department investigate the scene of a brush fire that came  close to a mobile home  and homes on Hatchett Avenue and San Antonio Avenue in Bloomington. Victoria County Fire Investigator David Phillips said the cause is unknown, but it appears the fire was started by a person. If anyone witnessed   suspicious activity, they can call the Victoria County Fire Marshal's office at 361-579-9103.

A grass fire between San Antonio Avenue and East Hatchett Avenue threatened a mobile home and burned about 15 square-feet of grass on Friday afternoon.

"I thought I heard some noise so I went outside, and saw the fire approaching my house," said Lisa Montes, 39, who lives in mobile home 69 San Antonio Ave. She called 911 at 1:45 p.m.

The 18-foot flames were about 15 feet from Montes' home.

The fire was also called in by Michael Baladez, 19, of Victoria, who saw the fire while picking up his brother Gwen Quentin Almaguer, 15, of Bloomington, from school.

Baladez and Gwen threw buckets of water at the fire from the backyard of Gwen's home, 80 E. Hatchett Ave.

Bloomington Volunteer Fire Chief Benny Drozd was the first on the scene, extinguishing the flames with his fire truck.

"If it had gotten under that trailer house it would have been tough to stop from there," Drozd said.

The Victoria Fire Department arrived on scene to help quench hot spots.

The cause remained under investigation.

"It could have been started by a cigarette or a match," said Assistant Victoria County Fire Chief David Phillips. "We have no suspects. No one saw it start."



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