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DeWitt Volunteer Firefighters battle structure fire

Thomaston Volunteer Fire Department (TVFD) received a call at approximately 1:39 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 26 regarding a residential structure fire in Thomaston.

Chief Alan Whitehead and the TVFD were the lead fire department on site, and requested assistance from Cuero Volunteer Fire Department, Victoria County Fire Department,Yoakum Fire & Rescue,Nursery Volunteer Fire Department, Mission Valley Volunteer Fire Department and Meyersville Volunteer Fire Department.

Cuero EMS was on standby at the scene, and Red Cross provided assistance to the family. Cyndi Smith, Emergency Management Coordinator, was also on scene to assist command with coordination of outside agencies.

Firefighters worked for approximately 5 hours to extinguish the fire. TVFD and other responders left the scene at 6:20 p.m.

Cause of the fire is still unknown, and there were no injuries reported from the fire. The home suffered substantial property damage.

According to Cuero Fire Chief Barrie, a Cuero volunteer firefighter, however, was transported to Detar hospital in Victoria after he complained that he was not feeling well after fighting the fire for about an hour and a half. Upon evaluation, Cuero EMS determined that he was having a minor heart attack, and is now in ICU following a short surgical procedure.

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