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INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY; POLICE WANT INFORMATION
Pearsall police are seeking information about a fast-moving wildfire at the south end of town that put local homeowners and businesses in immediate danger on Monday afternoon, February 27. A report on the case indicates emergency dispatchers received several calls regarding a fire near the intersection of E. Pecos and S. Elm streets shortly before 2 p.m., and due to drought conditions and dried vegetation, the fire spread rapidly along the Union Pacific Railroad line and began advancing towards residences and an abandoned packing shed, according to investigators. Pearsall volunteer firefighters arrived on scene within minutes and began to extinguish the flames using a number of brush trucks and fire engines. A witness told officers he believed the fire had been started by a train that had passed earlier. Former Pearsall VFD Chief Steve Parsons reported that the fire appeared to have been started by someone behind the building, an estimate based on his observation of the burnt trees, police say. “We are asking the public for their assistance with any tips that may lead us to finding those who may be responsible for the fire yesterday,” Pearsall Police Chief Daniel Flores said. “We are also asking that the community remain vigilant and report any suspicious persons or activity to the police department. If something does not look right, it probably is not and we would like to know about it.”
(CURRENT Story: Breyana Segura; Photos: Manuel Azocar III)