The Elgin Fire Department responded to two major house fires over Memorial Day weekend.
According to a post on the Elgin FD Facebook page, they and other area fire departments responded to two fully-engulfed structures on Sunday, May 26 and Monday, May 27.
With assistance from Bastrop County Emergency Services District (ESD) 2, Elgin FD battled a house fire at around 6 a.m. on Sunday. The house is located between Elgin and Bastrop at the 2200 block of State Highway 95. The structure was fully engulfed when the fire department arrived. According to Elgin FD, no injuries were reported and the residents were not at home at the time, but about 80 percent of the home was a total loss. It is unknown what they exact cause of the fire was.
Residents at this home included Christy Goeke and friends as well as many dogs. Goeke said one dog—Mary Jane—was lost in the fire, and her remains were found after the fire was extinguished.
Goeke and her fellow residents were displaced from their home with “close to nothing” left, she said. She has begun a fundraiser on her Facebook page to help her and her house members get back on their feet.
“I’m not very good at asking for help,” Goeke said in an email. “None of us are, and we are very prideful. But I’m only a carhop at Sonic in Elgin, and I don’t make nearly enough to even begin to put our lives back together.”
Then, on Monday afternoon around 3:30 p.m., Elgin FD and the McDade Fire Department battled another structure fire at the 200 block of Whipperwill Lane—about three miles east of Elgin—for two and a half hours. Approximately 16,000 gallons of water were used to extinguish this fire, Elgin FD said.
The fire began as the homeowner was barbecuing outside. He heard an explosion on his back porch and found the porch engulfed in flames.
About 80 percent of the home was lost, but three bedrooms were saved, Elgin FD said. No injuries were reported, and crews were able to salvage belongings of sentimental value to the owners, such as family photos.