Multiple explosions heard at Camp Swift fire Wednesday; no one hurt

Bastrop County
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BASTROP COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Two homes and other structures went up in flames Wednesday night near Camp Swift in Bastrop County.

Josh Gill, fire chief of Bastrop County ESD No. 2, said the fire was at a motorcycle shop with two mobile homes and outbuildings nearby. When crews arrived, they saw multiple motorcycles were on fire and it had spread to the mobile homes. He said 911 callers reported hearing several explosions, but there were no injuries associated with the blaze.

Everyone in the buildings escaped without injuries, and declined lodging assistance, Gill said. One mobile home was a total loss, but hadn’t been lived in because of a fire several years ago, he said.

Along with ESD No. 2, McDade and Bastrop firefighters responded to the scene.

Gill said a hydrant was close enough to the scene to help fight the blaze, and he said that’s not always the case given the remote nature of places in Bastrop County.

The homeowner thinks a potbelly stove he was using to keep warm is to blame for the fire.

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