Texas EMT helps crews battle flames that destroy his house
Tom Steidl is an EMT with Arrowhead Ranch Estates Volunteer Fire Department — one of eight crews that helped fight this fire that quickly ignited nearby dry brush and grass
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CLAY COUNTY, Texas — A member of a Clay County volunteer fire department helps battle flames at his own home Thursday morning.
The fire was on Blue Heron Trail in Arrowhead Ranch Estates. Fire crews from several volunteer departments fought in sub-freezing temperatures to try and save the home of one of their own. However, putting out the fire was only part of the battle as flames quickly spread to nearby grass making crews work even harder. Tom Steidl says after 8 a.m. he was alerted to the fire in his home by his dogs. He was alone in the home when the fire broke out.
"I just heard a popping noise and my dogs came and got me and by the time I got to my living room the house was engulfed in flames," says Steidl. But he didn't stand by and watch crews battle the blaze. He helped them. "I was in my bare feet, which as a firefighter you are definitely not suppose to be doing, but yes, I was trying to put the fire out," Steidl adds. Steidl is an EMT with Arrowhead Ranch Estates Volunteer Fire Department — one of eight crews that helped fight this fire that quickly ignited nearby dry brush and grass.