Battle Against Deadly Fritch Fire Continues

Published 05/13 2014 06:11PM

Updated 05/13 2014 06:20PM

Images taken by Captain Tim Lite, Texas Highway Patrol
Images taken by Captain Tim Lite, Texas Highway Patrol
FRITCH, TX -- Late Tuesday afternoon officials with the Texas A&M Forest Service said a wildfire in the area of Fritch and Lake Meredith was 75 percent contained. The most recent update was 156 structures had burned – many of which were people’s homes. An estimated 2,583 acres burned. reported late Tuesday that many residents were getting their first look at damaged or destroyed properties after a mandatory evacuation order had been lifted. Some still didn’t know if they had a home to go back to.

Roads in the affected areas remained closed.

One resident died Sunday from a heart attack that the A&M Forest Service attributed to the fire.

Fritch resident Jim Slaton admitted he stayed longer than he should have in the fire zone. He did a little firefighting of his own – spraying water on his neighbor’s yard to keep the flames away.

Slaton said, “You know trying to keep the fire from structures - it take a lot of work. These guys [firefighters] … did an excellent job keeping these structures intact.”

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