New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 22, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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mmmmFamily unscathed in late-morning blaze
In separate fire, burning 18-wheeler rig clogged 1-35 for hours
By Ron Maloney
A Seguin Avenue family escaped without injury Friday from a fire that heavily damaged the commercial building to which their apartment was attached.
New Braunfels Fire Marshal Darren Brinkkoeter said the blaze, at the former Elvira’s Flower Land in the 600 block of Seguin Avenue, was part of a busy morning for firefighters.
Retired fire engineer John Williams first saw the fire just before IO a.m.
Williams, who returned Friday morning from a trip to Italy, said he saw smoke sifting out of the eaves of the shop as he drove by.
"I did a double-take,” Williams said. “I saw the smoke on the right side of the building, and knew people lived in back. I turned around and got the woman and that baby out of there while I was calling 9-1-1.
Then, I just watched the young guys work.”
Firefighters from nearby Station I got there in two minutes, Brinkkoeter said. As they arrived, heavy smoke and flames began coming from the front of the building.
Brinkkoeter said the response was complicated because firefighters were still dealing with an early-morning 18-wheeler fire that closed northbound Interstate 35, a minor fire at a home
on Olympian Drive in southwest New Braunfels and an unfounded bomb threat at Canyon High School.
“Our initial response was with one truck, then we pulled all three primary apparatus from the other fire,” Brinkkoeter said.
The Qty of Seguin Fire Department was placed on standby because of New Braunfels’ staffing situation, Brinkkoeter
See PIRU. Page 3A
A New Braunfels fireman knocks down flames Friday morning at the former Elvira's Flower Land located at 635 S. Seguin Ave. Nobody was injuredCOMING SUNDAY
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City’s rules on parking strangling museum
By Dylan Jim4nez
ments could put the New Braunfels Museum of Art and Music out of business.
The museum — located in Gruene— has appealed to the city twice this month for help with its off-street parking problem.
Although the city has not been able to help the museum with its parking woes, the city will take a look at the requirements Monday.
The museum is trying to find a buyer for the former Gruene Mansion Inn
See BARKING. Page 3A
K Regular meeting, discuss off-street parking
N6:30 p.m., Monday
N Council Chambers, Municipal Building, 424 S. Casted Ave.
night of Festtage
The Comal County Courthouse shines brightly Friday night as families mill about Main Plaza in this timed exposure Kids and kids at heart awaited
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Comal County gives freely during holidays
By Dylan Jlmlnez
New Braunfels resident Don Hildebrand picked up some powerful fund-raising tools Wednesday.
A long-time local Salvation Army volunteer, he picks up a stack of metal easels and kettles every year. He cleans and paints them to prepare for the annual Red Kettle Campaign.
From Nov. 28 to Dec. 23, volunteers from several local civic groups will man the collection kettles outside local Wal-Mart and Target stores ringing their bell for Christmas gifts.
'I'he fund-raiser brought in $32,000
“The people here are very generous,’’ Hildebrand said. “A lot of it comes from low-income families that don't have a lot of money."
The money raised during the kettle campaign is half the Salvation Army annual budget, said Judy Baker, center manager in New Braunfels.
“Those funds are what we use to assist people the whole year,” Baker said. “The generosity of Comal County is unbelievable.”
Although the spirit of giving is strong during the holidays, there also are a number of charities competing for people’s gifts.
United Way officials try to wrap up their fall campaign before December to dodge the competition, said Doug Hammerstrom, executive director of United Way of Comal County.
“Money is a little bit shorter at this time,” Hammerstrom said.
Despite tile need to spend on shopping and the competition between churches and public and private charities, I firebrand said local people always provide for local agencies.
“The surprising thing is how many people give the money to their children to put it in the kettle,” Hildebrand said, “to show them the spirit of giving.”
New Braunfels residents Elsie and Don Hildebrand clean a donation sign for the Salvation Army. Each year about this time, the Hildebrands dig out the signs and red coin collection kettles for fundraising drives at local stores. They have cared for the Salvation Army's signs since 1996.