Texas Wildfire Destroyed 225 Homes

FRITCH (May 15, 2014) Fast-moving wildfires in the Texas Panhandle destroyed 225 homes earlier this week, more than double initial estimates, Texas A&M Forest Service spokesman Troy Duchneaux said Thursday.

Officials previously said about 90 homes were leveled by the fire, which broke out on Sunday.

Duchneaux said the earlier estimate was based on an aerial survey and that the number rose once firefighters were able to enter the fire area in Fritch beginning Wednesday.

Another 143 outbuildings, such as well-houses and sheds, were destroyed, too, he said.

The fire was 90 percent contained Thursday.

Officials are attributing the death of one person to the fire, a man who suffered a heart attack.

Flames forced the evacuation of about 2,100 people from a 4-square-mile area around Lake Meredith.

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