Fire Destroys Historic Central Texas Home

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MCGREGOR (February 24, 2014) Firefighters from a half-dozen or more area departments responded Monday night after a fire that started in a historic two-story house in McGregor threatened spread to other homes and buildings.

The original fire was reported at around 6:20 p.m. Monday in the historic Brown-Mann House near the intersection of West 6th Street and South Jackson Avenue north of McGregor High School, but reports indicated the flames threatened neighboring homes.

McGregor firefighters requested all available assistance from surrounding departments.

Ashes from the fire were in the air several blocks from the scene.

The historic house, which wasn't occupied, was destroyed.

One home next door was partially damaged.

A 7- or 8-mile an hour wind was blowing from the southeast Monday night.

Arriving fire crews staged at the nearby First Baptist Church and fire trucks jammed West 6th Street.

The Brown-Mann House was built in the late 1890s for Dr. James E. Brown.

John D. Mann, who later owned the house, operated a grocery store with his son, who later expanded to surrounding communities.

The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.

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