September 13, 2011
As residents slowly trickle back into the Bastrop, Texas, area following one of the largest wildfires the state has seen in years, hope is slim of finding homes and lives that have gone untouched by the flames.
According to the Associated Press, about 35,000 acres have been ravaged by the relentless fire and more than 1,400 homes were destroyed. The fire, which continues to burn in patches of areas weeks after starting, claimed the lives of two people. The Bastrop County Sheriff’s Department announced that rescue crews had found the burned remains of two individuals in the wake of the fire. They announced that the deceased were not police or firefighters, but did not say if they were residents of the area.
The American Red Cross has set up several shelters throughout the area for residents who were evacuated from their homes and are issuing clean-up supplies and food to those who are beginning to return to the unknown that awaits them back at home. The list of shelters includes:
- Celebration Community Church, 111 Longhorn St, Bastrop, TX
- Smithville Recreation Center, 106 Royston Street, Smithville, TX
- Prairie Valley Baptist Church, 741 Hcr 2101, Whitney, TX
- Ridgeway Baptist Church, 153 Ridgeway Court, Paige, TX
American Red Cross meal service is provided daily at 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., at Tiger Tote on Hwy 71 East, Bastrop, TX.
Texas homeowners in need of assistance making fire insurance claims may call the Texas Fire & Burn Injury Attorneys with Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers. We can be reached anytime by calling (800) 474-1233 or by filling out a free online consultation form.