Volunteer firefighters contend with summer heat, destructive flames

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by JIM DOUGLAS

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WFAA

Posted on July 30, 2012 at 7:06 PM

BRIAR - Firefighters from at least a dozen rural departments battled a house fire on Eagle Mountain Lake for several hours Monday.

The extreme heat forced commanders to call in lots of extra crews. They could work only short periods of time as they attacked flames shooting from a lakefront home on Younger Court.

"Extremely hot for these guys," said Deputy Tarrant County Fire Marshal Keith Abel. "They're trying to rotate people in and out, there's been some heat exhaustion, [we're] getting them hydrated and making sure they're able to come back in the fire fight... The heat is just wearing them out."

Weary volunteers ranging from 19 to 69 years old rehabbed with ice vests in the shade of a misting tent.

"Been doing it all my life," the 69-year-old volunteer told News 8.

They got help from the Tarrant and Parker County Fire Marshals and a team from Lockheed Martin.

The house on Younger Court could not be saved, but firefighters were able to protect neighbors' houses, which were close to the burning home.

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