Former Early police chief lost home in fire that sparked Zephyr wildfire

Former Early Police Chief Junior Pinson and his wife, Debbie, lost their home in a fire that sparked a wildfire that threatened an explosives plant, forcing hundreds to evacuate.

Debbie Pinson said she saw smoke when she pulled into their driveway on CR 2159 about 2 p.m. yesterday.

Junior was home and managed to get out safely.

Wind spread the flames and sparked a wildfire.

The wildfire was 1,200 acres and 50-percent contained as of 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Debbie said they’ve been through much worse and have faith it will get better.

Junior was diagnosed with leukemia seven years ago.

Debbie said they don't know what started the fire.

The Texas A&M Forest Service is looking into the cause.

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