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

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.

Kempner Volunteer Fire Department, Lometa VFD, Lampasas County Sheriff's Office, Lampasas Police Department, Acadian Ambulance Service also responded, and 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, and firefighters remained on scene checking for extension of the fire, and salvaging a few items from the partially burned building. 

While emergency personnel remained on scene, a crash occurred on South U.S. 183 nearby. Details on the wreck were not available at press time. LFD assisted with traffic control.

At approximately 12:30 p.m., Burnet County requested assistance from Lampasas FD 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 and Kempner VFD in extinguishing the blaze. 

Withers said an area of origin had been determined for the fire at New Hope Primitive Baptist Church, but 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 that 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.”