Delays in county trash pick up possible

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin

Smoke rises in the distance late Monday afternoon, Feb. 12, from a fire at the Republic Services transfer station, 2411 Farm to Market Road 963 northeast of Burnet High School. Damage was minimal, but may result in delays in some trash pick up this week.

A contained fire at the Republic Services transportation station at 2411 Farm to Market Road 963 northeast of Burnet High School on Monday, Feb. 12 may delay pick up service around the area.

Deputy chief John Miller of the Burnet Fire Department was on duty when the call came in about 5 p.m.

“They were piling refuse about 25-30 feet high against a wall when they noticed smoke coming from fire in a scoopful,” he said. “They tried their fire extinguisher to no avail and called us.

“It was a deep bedded fire in such a big pile that we kept going back through night to keep water on it. By 10 a.m. this morning it was wrapped up and the bay doors were open.”

Herb Darling, director of Burnet County development and environmental services, told the Burnet County Commissioners Court on Tuesday morning that Republic officials reported the source of the fire had been hot ashes in a truckload of trash, perhaps even a cigarette.


Family's precious mementos destroyed in fire



As he watched his home gutted in the aftermath of a fire, Alan Ziemetz said he and his family were glad at least that no one was hurt.

“We'll figure something out,” he said regarding his family's living situation. “We've got family in Burnet.  We have insurance – a lot of people out here don't.”

The house in the 1300 block of Indian Wells Drive outside of Bertram caught on fire due to unknown causes at about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, July 13.

Bertram Volunteer Fire Chief Bobby Huffstuttler said the home was a “total loss.”

“When we arrived it had vented up through the roof. There were heavy flames and a lot of fire in the attic,” he said.


Elderly man found dead in house fire

A Sunday night house fire is responsible for the death of an elderly man outside Burnet.

Burnet County Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of a residential structure fire on Texas Highway 29, east of Burnet, at about 11:40 p.m. Sunday, April 17.

The initial call was received from a passing motorist.

When deputies responded along with fire department personnel and emergency medical responders, they found a single-story wood and masonry structure in the 6000 block of West Highway 29 on fire, with flames visible from the roof of the home.

After getting the fire under control, Burnet Fire Department officials discovered the body of an 80-year-old man inside the home. Justice of the Peace Peggy Simon pronounced the victim dead at the scene.

The deceased was transported to the Travis County Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy. The name of the deceased was being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

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