Washington County fire

Two metal barns caught fire Friday on Quebe Road in Washington County.

More than 40 firefighters from across Washington County battled a two-structure fire east of Gay Hill for four hours Friday.

According to Brenham Volunteer Fire Department Chief Ricky Boeker, first responders were called to a private property near the intersection of Quebe Road and F.M. 390 around 11:15 a.m. Friday. Two large metal barns were engulfed in flames and were threatening a home adjacent to the property.

Firefighters from Brenham, Burton, Berlin, Gay Hill, Rocky Creek, Prairie Hill, Meyersville and Washington took on what Boeker described as an extreme amount of heat until about 3:30 p.m. Though the side of the house did suffer some heat damage, the first responders were successful in preventing flames from spreading beyond the barns.

No injuries were reported, though the residents did lose a large amount of equipment and a vehicle. Boeker said the fire was difficult to battle because of the land’s isolation. Five trucks shuttled water more than 4 miles to reach the home.

A cause of the fire was not immediately available.

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