Second-largest wildfire in Texas history rages across Panhandle

 

 

 

CANADIAN, Texas — Richard Murray choked back tears on Wednesday as he surveyed the charred remains of his mechanic’s workshop and home of 50 years in the small Texas Panhandle town of Canadian.

The previous night a sheriff’s deputy had pounded on the door and ordered Murray and his wife Gilissa to evacuate as the state’s second-largest wildfire on record approached their home.

“The house is gone and all the cars are melted,” said Murray, 72, shortly after he returned home Wednesday morning. “There’s nothing left.”

 

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