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No water available as Dallas County home burns

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Fire destroyed a home southeast of Dallas overnight. The homeowners tried to fight it while waiting for firefighters to arrive, but the drought and their location made it impossible.

The fire that destroyed most of Charles Baker's home on Blindsay Road near Combine started in the kitchen Tuesday night. He woke his family and called the Combine Volunteer Fire Department.

As the flames spread, Baker's granddaughter grabbed a hose and tried to fight the fire herself, but there was no water pressure.

When firefighters arrived they had to use several 1,000 gallon water trucks because the nearest fire hydrant was over a mile away.

The family lives in an unincorporated part of Dallas County. They don't have water service. Baker buys his water each week and stores it in three large tanks on his property. When he bought his home in 1984 there was a well, but it has dried because of the ongoing drought.

The fire is just another reason Baker believes the county needs to extend water service to the homes on his street.

The property is in Commissioner John Wiley Price's district. He said his priority is trying to get service to the incorporated areas like Wilmer. The unincorporated areas aren't even on his radar.

That's not something Baker wants to hear as he works to rebuild his family's home.


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