DeWitt fire scorches 40 acres

Sonny Long

Feb. 8, 2011 at 1:01 p.m.
Updated Feb. 7, 2011 at 8:08 p.m.

Firefighters from several area fire departments fought a 40-acre grass fire in the 600 block of Schorre-Pieper Road near Cuero for two hours Tuesday.

The call came in about 11 a.m. and the blaze was extinguished about 1 p.m., said Cuero Fire Chief Butch Tolbert.

"It was not intentional," Tolber said, noting that a spark from a welder's torch started the fire. "But people need to be aware that this is simply not the right time to be doing anything that could start a fire. The grass is dry, the humidity is low and the winds are up. Extreme caution should be taken under those conditions."

In addition to the Cuero department, firefighters responded from Yorktown, Meyersville and Nordheim. About 25 firefighters in all fought the blaze, Tolbert said.



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