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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 26, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas 25 cents December 26 Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY Home of Michael McDonald 1 12 Pages See related photos Page 2 Firefighters battle lint fire Sprinkler system saves textile plant By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer New Braunfels firefighters Thursday morning continued fighting flareups of a major structure fire that began around and severely damaged the West Point Peppereil Mission Valley behind the Mill Store Plaza Activation of an automatic sprinkler system prevented the fire from completely destroying the said New Braunfels Fire Chief Phil If it wasnt for the sprinkler system this place would probably be Baker A sprinkler system activated and did a good job of containing the fire until we got It appears that the fire extended through the airhandling The primary combustibles fueling the fire were cotton lint and a kind of Baker As far as we can tell the primary fuels have been the lint and sizing in the air control system and in the false he Baker added that cotton lint becomes airborne during the manufacturing process at the plant and collects on surfaces in the building jind as well as in air No employee evacuations were necessary as the textile manufacturing facility was closed for the Christmas We initially had just IWQ sprinkler heads said Elroy New Braunfels fire What was first reported as an electrical fire spread through air ducts to a space between the internal ceiling and the roof of the The building sustained damage to the weaving room and an adjacent break Parts of the roof were officials Its real tough to extinguish because you have to pull the ceiling Baker The fire was also attacked by applying water through openings in the roof of the building where firefighters chopped through with axes to access the The sprinkler system began Stammtisch Best wishes The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung sends birthday wishes today to Allyssa Megan Ginger Caddell and Tina Belated birthday wishes go to Johnny Alex Resales and Stephanie Museum holiday hours Holiday hours at the Childrens 183 Interstate are 9 105 noon5 9 SM a Good Day There is a good chance of rain for this but clouds should sum moving out of the area on For a related weather story see Page 2 Inikto Firefighters set up fans attempting to eliminate some of the smoke deterring our efforts because the area above the false ceiling where the fire was is not Baker All it was doing later was getting all of our people cold and Three NBFD fire engine companies and two EMS units were initially dispatched to the scene just after near the intersection of Porter Street and Sixteen offduty firefighters were called in at Extra manpower was also called in for mutual aid from fire departments in San McQueeney and Lake We got Lake Dunlap and McQueeney and we cancelled Seguin and San Marcos when we found that we were doing a pretty good Baker Anderson Ambulance a private New Braunfels ambulance was placed on standby to cover EMS calls so all fire department personnel could be used at the fire Air packs with breathing masks had to be worn by firefighters due to heavy smoke inside the One firefighter was transported to McKenna Memorial Hospital after breathing The firefighter was treated for smoke inhalation and officials Firefighters were forced to shuttle 2 Local agencies assist in morning fire Several agencies assisted the New Braunfels Fire Departments efforts as they battled a fire at the West Point Pepperell Mission Valley Mill at 360 McKenna Officers of the New Braunfe s Police Department barricaded Porter Street on either side of the fire scene at Wnght Avenue and McKenna Avenue to prevent traffic frorn entering the area New Braunfels Police Chief Dick Headen was on the scene at the incident command post to personally coordinate Police Department support of the Fire Department As all possible NBFD personnel were needed to fight the including those firefighters who serve as EMS officials called on Anderson Ambulance a private New Braunfels ambulance company to fill the gap in the citys emergency response capability Andenon placed an staffed with a paramedic on standby to cover the citys emergency medical New Braunfels EMS Unit 3 was stationed at the fire scene staging area to stand ready when Anderson Ambulance was dispatched on a medical Two NBFD EMS people manned EMS Unit 3 in case of a second call until Anderson Ambulance was back in service to respond to Volunteer firefighters came from Lake Dunlap and McQueeney Negotiator to focus on past conservation efforts By LARRY ROWE atilf Wrlltr A former New Braunfels mayor who is representing the city and Comal County in negotiations for a regional aquifer plan says that he will bring the citys past conservation efforts into the next round of talks on What were going to take back to the table at the time is some of the things that New Braunfels has done already to address the issue of conserving the Edwards said Doug Miller These include the construction of a surface water treatment plant to help curb reliance on the the restruct uring of water and a year round water conservation he All com munities participating in the negotiations will bring their conservation efforts to the 3 meeting in San Miller one in a series mediated by Austin Mayor Bruce Chairman John Hall of the Texas Water Commission has set a 4 deadline for aquifer users to come up with a plan to conserve its If no satisfactory plan is formed by that the commission is expected to impose its own plan on the At the last round of talks on Sunday and Hall explained the commission is working on a shortterm and longterm management plans to accompany a regional Miller Miller also said the delegation from San Antonio did not appear ready to compromise over the Comal Local forces argue that San Antonio and other areas over the western part of the aquifer should limit their aquifer pumping to prevent the springs from running The San Antonio delegation is continuing to press for noflow at the Comal Springs by saying that they are not willing to guarantee any flow for Comal because it would create too much hardship San Miller They continue to work around those He said it would not be unreasonable to ask San Antonio to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to limit their aquifer Because that city is about 30 times larger than New if we just spent million on a surface water treatment proportionately they should spend so I dont think thats out of the bounds of reason to ask San Antonio to do Miller Officials prepare to look up trees By LARRY ROWE Stiff Wrlltr Forestry officials soon will categorize the trees of Landa Park by location and species as pan of a national preservation program initiated through the Forest Well have a map by the time this is and the trees will be pinpointed to their exact location in the said David New Braunfels parks and recreation Well know the species of the the size of the and on each individual 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