Some Residents near Texas Wildfire Retrieving Meds

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

FRITCH, Texas (AP) - Sheriff's deputies in the Texas Panhandle are escorting residents whose homes may have burned in the wildfire so that they can retrieve medication or important documents they'll need to move forward.

Texas A&M Forest Service spokesman Troy Duchneaux said others may be able to return to their homes later Tuesday after emergency crews finish assessing damage and searching for potential victims.

More than 155 structures - including 89 homes - burned in the fire that started Sunday.

He says the fire in Fritch, about 30 miles northeast of Amarillo, was 75 percent contained Tuesday. About 2,100 people were forced to evacuate.

Duchneaux says authorities have attributed the death of one person from an apparent heart attack Sunday to the fire.

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