LAGO VISTA, Texas (KXAN) - Firefighters were on the scene within minutes after a call came in late Sunday when a hilltop home near Lago Vista went up in flames. Putting out the fire proved to be a tougher challenge.
North Lake Travis Fire and Rescue Chief Raymond Tennison said they did not have enough water pressure to supply a ladder truck to fight the fire from above.
"The last two or three fires we've had in that area we've had pressure problems," Tennison said.
Tennison said one of those fires was in nearby Point Venture last January, when five townhomes burned to the ground.
"Point Venture has gone through the years and done some upgrades but they still have the same issues they had 10 years ago when they had fires in that area," he said. "We had a condo fire not too long ago. I think we lost total water pressure there."
Don Burdick, whose home burned down in Point Venture 18 months ago said he is aware of the water pressure problems in his neighborhood. He has since rebuilt and would consider any action to upgrade the infrastructure around him.
"Definitely," Burdick said about working to find a solution to the issue. "I would be...and I think most of us would be in favor of that."
Tennison says the problem is bigger than infrastructure and worries things will only get worse in the future.
"Too many straws on the lake," said Tennison, referring to all the communities tapping into Lake Travis. "Everybody drinks out of it. It's going to be scary what it will look like in a few years."
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