15 homes destroyed, 7 damaged in Leander fire

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LEANDER — Residents who lost their homes in a 30-acre brush fire that decimated a mobile home park Monday afternoon, were allowed to go back to the fire scene Tuesday for the first time to assess the damage.

Williamson County officials have reported 15 homes and multiple vehicles were destroyed.

The fire was fully contained early Tuesday, and officers are asking anyone who knows who started the fire to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-253-7867.   

There were six reported injuries including one civilian who was treated for smoke inhalation, a pregnant woman who was treated at the hospital and released and four firefighters treated for exhaustion after a 30-acre brush fire swept through a trailer park near Horeshoe and Powell drives.

Police were not aware of any known fatalities late Monday, but to assist with the investigation, officers are requesting the citizens of the area to contact the department and make notification regarding the identity of your address and each person residing in your residence and their whereabouts.

As many as 189 homes were affected. All residents except those on Horseshoe Drive and Powell were allowed to go back to their homes late Monday night.

Approximately 16 fire departments assisted the Leander Fire Department, as well as the Texas Forest Service aviation division and Starflight helicopters. The American Red Cross opened a shelter at the Leander Middle School, 410 South West Drive, for evacuees.


HOW TO HELP

Leander emergency management officials are meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to discuss how to handle people wanting to make donations to victims.

Currently, The Williamson County Red Cross is attending to immediate needs of the victims and monetary donations can be made to the local Red Cross.

Hill Country Community Ministries at 1005 Lacy Drive, is accepting clothing and other household items for those who lost their homes.

 


 

HORSESHOE FIRE BY THE NUMBERS

  • 30 acres burned
  • 16 vehicles destroyed
  • 15 home destroyed
  • 7 damaged homes
  • 4 Firefighters treated and released
  • 2 citizens; 1 treated and released, 1 transported and later released

The American Red Cross has provided lodging for victims that lost their homes. There will be a walk through today at noon with Leander Fire Chief Gardner for the residents that have lost their homes.

The City of Leander is working with Williamson County Emergency Management to provide information and assistance to the victims of this fire. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

*SOURCE — Williamson County

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