Families run to safety as huge fire burns 73 vehicles at pumpkin patch, TX videos show – Fort Worth Star-Telegram
A fire on Saturday afternoon torched more than 70 vehicles at The Robinson Family Farm in Temple.
Firefighters from Temple’s Fire & Rescue Department responded to the fire at 1 p.m. on Oct. 15. A number of fire departments from Little River Academy, Troy, Rogers, Salado, Holland, Bartlett, and Belton were dispatched to assist.
As the first units arrived, they found approximately ten cars on fire in the pasture area used for parking. In order to bring in additional resources, the East Side Strike Team was called.
Although fire crews were able to move some of the cars out of the way of the flames, approximately 73 cars were lost to the fire.
It has been reported that no injuries were sustained, and no hospitalization was necessary, according to the owner of the farm. According to the release from Bell County, four firefighters were evaluated and released due to heat-related injuries, and two attendees were treated for anxiety symptoms.
“The owners expressed their gratitude to all of their staff, first responders, and customers for helping us deal with the fire in their parking lot today. “We are so thankful that no one has been injured, and that is of the utmost importance to us,” they said..”
Ava Garcia and Tonya Garcia were walking back to the farm when they noticed some dark smoke in the distance.
“Then it began to get darker and darker, and I walked toward it, hoping to ascertain what was happening,” Tonya told KWTX News 10. I asked some people – do you know what’s happening?” “Cars are on fire in the parking lot,” they reported.
Likewise, Jimi Hernandez noticed the smoke while he was on the farm with his family.
“I saw the black smoke, it was just pouring out,” he said. ‘I will be right back,’ I said. “I took off running. While I did not know what was on fire, I knew it was not good.”
While many nearby vehicles suffered significant damage, the Garcia family vehicle escaped with little damage. In the case of the Hernandez family, their vehicle has been totaled.
The Robinson Family Farm owners have decided to close the farm on Sunday, October 16, but plan to reopen next weekend.
It is still unknown what caused the fire, but initial reports indicate that it may have been caused by a discarded cigarette in the parking lot.
Currently, the Bell County Fire Marshal and the Bell County Sheriff’s Department are investigating and seeking information about a person who may have disposed of a cigarette in the parking lot.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Bell County Sheriff’s Office at (254) 933-5589 or by email at [email protected].
For more coverage on this story, check the following additional news sources:
- Families run to safety as huge fire burns 73 vehicles at pumpkin patch, TX videos show Fort Worth Star-Telegram
- Texas family farm closes after fire destroys more than 70 cars WFAA
- RAW | Video of the Robinson Family Farm parking lot fire KCENNews
- Grass fire destroys more than 70 cars in parking lot at Temple farm’s fall festival WOAI
- Massive blaze torches more than 70 vehicles at Robinson Family Farm parking lot KWTX