FROM STAFF REPORTS
LLANO — Firefighters managed to save a two-story home belonging to two Llano educators and their children after a blaze Jan. 28, even as icy conditions caused safety and access issues for volunteer crews, officials said.
The incident happened about 9:15 a.m. at the residence in the 1200 block of Mulberry Street.
On that day icy, conditions prompted school officials to delay the start of Llano schools for students; however, some personnel, including the fire victims, reported to campuses early.
“The family that lived there went to school. (The wife) came back for something and saw the smoke coming out of the house,” Llano Volunteer Fire Chief Tim Harden said. “If that lady would not have come back home, there’s no telling.
“If it would have had another five minutes to burn, we probably would have had a fully involved structure fire,” he added.
Icy roadways delayed emergency response for several minutes, he said.
At one point, firefighters attempted to access the roof, but a sheet of ice prevented them from doing so, Harden said.
Instead, firefighters staged their work from ground level, eventually discovering the origin of the blaze.
“Found the fire in a downstairs bathroom. We contained it to that room,” Harden said. “Nobody got hurt.”
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
“There was a lot of smoke and heat damage,” she said. “We saved the house. It would be livable soon it would seem.”