Quick action by a San Marcos police officer and the San Marcos Fire Department stopped a blaze from destroying two businesses in San Marcos on Memorial Day.
Cpl. Wayne Casteel spotted the blaze at a pawn shop on Texas 123 at 7:05 a.m. May 28 and reported it to San Marcos emergency dispatchers.
Five minutes after the call, the first fire unit arrived from Fire Station No. 4 and extinguished the fire by 7:30 a.m.
The pawn shop incurred smoke, water and flame damage. The business on the other side of the wall from the shop took some smoke damage, but was otherwise unharmed.
“Cpl. Casteel’s quick thinking and fast action from the responding firefighters kept this fire from spreading and causing more damage,” said Fire Chief Les Stephens. “The cooperation we have with the San Marcos Police Department saves lives and property.”
Investigators determined that improper use of extension cords caused the blaze. Nobody was at the building during the fire, and there were no injuries.
— FROM THE CITY OF SAN MARCOS/MELISSA MILLECAM