The charred remains of a burnt out home in a town of more than 100 people in northern Texas can’t be seen from the road.
But residents of this isolated Texas town say they are being punished for not being able to evacuate their homes because the wildfire burned their houses to the ground.
“I thought we were done when we were told by the [Texas Department of Transportation] we couldn’t leave until after 9 p.m.,” resident Laura M. Cagle told Al Jazeera.
“And we had no money.”
The blaze started on Sunday and destroyed at least seven houses, leaving behind dozens of burned-out cars and homes.
The town of Alabaster has seen its share of natural disasters, but this one was no exception.
The town’s mayor, a former firefighter, is fighting to keep his house standing and to protect the community.
“It was really devastating,” he told Aljazeera.
“It was like losing everything.
We had no water, no electricity, no phone.
We didn’t know where we were going to find water.”‘”
When we went to the [fire] station, we found the house that was completely destroyed.
We didn’t know where we were going to find water.”‘
We’re not being treated as a community’Residents have been warned to be on the lookout for any sign of looting or arson.
Alabasters police chief, Scott Williams, told Al-Jazeera: “We’re trying to find out who is responsible for this.
We don’t know who is at fault for this.”
The fire has destroyed more than 1,500 homes, and more than $1bn worth of property has been lost.
Alamo Fire Chief Richard Stebbins told reporters that the town had lost “a lot of people”.
“They’re going to have to be in a really hard situation,” he said.
“They’re being treated like a community.
We’re not having the resources to help us get back on our feet, and I just think it’s a big, big loss.”
Alabaster is one of many Texas towns that have been forced to evacuate.
“We’ve seen fires happen on a regular basis in Alabasta, but never in Albaster,” Cagle said.
“The community is very, very isolated.
Albaster Mayor Richard Stbbbins, who was a firefighter, said he is working with the US Forest Service to identify and remove structures and vegetation that may be threatening residents and the communities surrounding it.”
I think it needs to be an area that has a lot of fire activity.”
Albaster Mayor Richard Stbbbins, who was a firefighter, said he is working with the US Forest Service to identify and remove structures and vegetation that may be threatening residents and the communities surrounding it.