Fire burns home south of Victoria to the ground

By Advocate staff reports
Sept. 4, 2011 at 4:04 a.m.

Fire destroyed a house Sunday at 1916 Guadalupe Road south of Victoria.

Victoria firefighters responded to the blaze shortly after 12:30 p.m. Sunday. By 3 p.m., the house and a detached garage had burned to the foundation.

The cause was suspected to be wind knocking down power lines, said Capt. Mike Baecker of the Victoria Fire Department. The home was owned by a brother and sister, Jack T. Baker and Jill Nix, who had inherited it. No one had been living in the house since December.

No one was reported injured in the fire.

Heavy smoke could be seen in the area for several miles. Law enforcement personnel kept traffic away from the scene. Port Lavaca Highway was closed in both directions.

Flames could be seen in the fields on both sides of the highway. Two other grass fires nearby apparently were unrelated but also may have been sparked by downed power lines, Baecker said.

A second fire to the south of the house fire burned about 50-100 acres, Department of Public Safety trooper Louis Verdeja said.

A third grass fire also was seen about seven miles south of Guadalupe Road near the highway. At Sun Ray Road and U.S. 87, about 20-30 acres of farmland burned.

Verdaja said a fourth fire was reported at 2:30 p.m. near McFaddin and U.S. 77.

Victoria County firefighters battled all three blazes.

More details will be posted here as they become available. Our team also is checking on reports of other fires around the Crossroads. For full coverage, see Monday's Advocate.

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