Fire at Morgan's Point Resort was likely not an accident, officials said

Posted at 6:00 PM, Jul 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-01 10:32:33-04

Officials have said they do not believe the large brush fire in Morgan's Point Resort on Thursday night was an accident. 

The Morgan's Point fire chief Fred Churchill said they have a high suspicion of who started the fire and will be conducting interviews with people in question today. 

Churchill believe the fire was started in an area locally known as Hole in the Roof, an area where people often jump off a cliff into Lake Belton. This activity is prohibited by the U.S. Corps of Engineers. 

On August 1, cleanup of Oakmont Park, where the fire spread, is underway. The park is closed until the cleanup is completed, which Churchill said could be as early as Monday.

Residents were allowed back into their homes as long as they stayed inside of the homes for shelter. 

Officials are asking everyone to be patient, and they do not have an estimate on when the fire will be completely out.

Five acres of land were affected by the fire. Six to seven homes were in direct danger and 30 homes were in indirect danger.

No known pets or wildlife were harmed, officials said. 

There were four to five homes that had their yard caught on fire. The fire was several feet away from burning the homes. No property was lost in the fire. 

The fire department said they are worried about the wind changing direction or picking up embers.

Bulldozers from the Texas A&M Forest Service have created a "fireline" which is digging to bare soil to not allow the fire to consume any more. The fire was near water. The bulldozers are moving everything still smoldering to burned area so healthy trees don't catch fire. 

The area was under a burn ban when the fire happened.

There were no injuries, and no structures were burned. The fire was 100 percent contained and controlled as of 12:30 Friday.

Fire departments from Killeen, Temple, Belton, Salado, Troy, Moffat, Stillhouse, Sparta, Bartlett, Bell County Fire Marshals, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Rogers have responded to the scene. Scott and White EMS are also on the scene. All in all, there were about 100 people.

Departments are rotating and soaking hot spots. A Morgan's Point boat is spraying water from the lake to soak area's that trucks can't reach.

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