Eleven firefighting agencies were in full response mode Sunday, June 14 battling a fire at Stallman Dryer on FM 1693 in the Garwood area.
Units from Columbus, Eagle Lake, Garwood, Sheridan, Rock Island, and Weimar fire departments were assisted by El Campo, Wharton, Glen Flora, Midfield and Hungerford departments.
In addition to fire agencies, CCEMS Medic 3 was on location. First responders received the call at 9:01 p.m. and had the fire stopped at 3:30 a.m.
Office of Emergency Management Coordinator Chuck Rogers said water supply impacted operations until enough tankers were brought into rotation. Rogers also said that the ladder truck from Columbus and an elevated water platform from El Campo “had a positive impact” on operations.
Garwood VFD Fire Chief Todd Krenek said that there were no injuries, the dryer (which was still in operation) was empty and that the structure is a complete loss.
Krenek said the loss is estimated to be in the $8-$10 million dollars range. The suspected cause of the fire is either electrical or a lighting strike.