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Investigators: Homeless man started wildfire while he went for beer

Investigators: Homeless man started wildfire while he went for beer
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POSTED: Monday, April 18, 2011 - 1:00pm

UPDATED: Monday, April 18, 2011 - 1:04pm

A fire official says a tour of a wildfire-scorched area of the Texas capital has found that 10 homes were destroyed and 10 others were significantly damaged.

Austin Fire Department spokesman Palmer Buck said Monday that crews would likely find more homes that were damaged by the fast-moving weekend blaze. The wildfire started Saturday and burned an estimated 100 acres in southwest Austin and forced the evacuation of about 200 homes. Some areas are still smoldering.

Authorities on Monday charged a 60-year-old homeless man with arson for accidentally starting the fire. Investigators say the man told them he left a campfire unattended while he went for beer.

Most of drought-stricken Texas is under a burn ban. Wildfires have scorched more than 1,000 square miles of Texas in
the past week.

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