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Two structure fires a few miles apart on May 23 brought a multi-agency response from firefighters in Lampasas and Burnet counties.

The Lampasas Fire Department responded to a fire at New Hope Primitive Baptist Church on South U.S. Highway 183 near the Lampasas city limits at about 10:15 a.m.

The Kempner Volunteer Fire Department, the Lometa Volunteer Fire Department, the Lampasas County Sheriff's Office, the Lampasas Police Department and Acadian Ambulance Service also responded. The state fire marshal's office and Lampasas Fire Marshal Ronnie Withers are investigating the incident. 

The fire was contained primarily to the dining room area of the church. Firefighters remained on scene checking for extension of the fire and salvaging a few items from the partially burned building. 

While emergency personnel were on scene, a crash occurred nearby on South U.S. 183. Details about the wreck were not available at press time Tuesday morning. The Lampasas Fire Department assisted with traffic control.

At approximately 12:30 p.m., Burnet County requested assistance from the Lampasas Fire Department to fight an engulfed auction barn near Watson, which also is on South U.S. 183. 

LFD provided a ladder truck and assisted numerous Burnet County firefighters in extinguishing the blaze. 

Withers said an area of origin had been determined for the fire at New Hope Primitive Baptist Church, but he could not comment on where that was or what may have caused the incident.

He also could not comment if there was any connection between the two structure fires that day.

Withers said the church building is not beyond repair, and the congregation may be able to meet there again in the future. 

"There’s smoke all throughout," he said. "It’s going to take some cleaning. The back portion [on the west side] has the most damage.”