By SEAN BATURA
A home just northwest of San Marcos burned to the ground early Tuesday, though firefighters prevented the blaze from spreading to nearby residences and the surrounding countryside.
The fire, which was reported via text message at 10:30 a.m., was fully contained by the afternoon, and crews are extinguishing “hot pockets” beneath the rubble of the home. The home was about 3,000-square feet and located at 323 Oak Meadows Drive, said South Hays Fire Department Assistant Chief Scott Raven.
“It’s a total loss,” Raven said. “There is nothing left of it. (The fire) consumed all the wood.”
A resident of the home suffered minor burns but was not hospitalized. The fire displaced six people, for whom the Red Cross has been requested. One firefighter was injured with steam burns, treated and released by EMS on-scene.
The fire destroyed two vehicles — one in the home’s garage and another parked nearby — and detonated a propane tank, firefighters said.
The home had a basement and a second story. Its metal siding further increased the temperature inside, Raven said. He said the fire started inside the house and began to burn portions of the nearby woods before it was contained.
“It didn’t spread because the firefighters were very aggressive in containing it,” Raven said.
Raven said his agency called Wild Land Task Force 2 and the U.S. Forest Service for assistance due to the dry weather and the presence of “spot fires” outside the home’s footprint.
Hays County Fire Marshal Mark Chambers is conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the fire.
The fire departments of Maxwell, Martindale, Kyle, Buda, and San Marcos also responded to the fire. The agencies have mutual aid agreements with one another, which also served them well last weekend and Monday, when they helped defeat a 25-acre fire just north of San Marcos’ city limits.Email | Print