C.B.P. News Release

Border Patrol Agents Rescue 5 from Blaze at Texas Seminary

(Saturday, September 05, 2009)

McAllen, Texas — U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the McAllen station rescued five individuals from a fire at a historic seminary near Mission, Texas early Saturday morning.

Agents working near Madero, Texas observed flames coming from the Saint Joseph and Saint Peter Seminary. The agents immediately requested assistance from the Mission Fire Department as well as the Mission Police Department. Agents immediately entered the Seminary’s compound in order to determine whether anyone was in the building or the adjacent dormitories.

Agents entered the compound and located one individual, the seminary’s caretaker, and learned that there were four additional rooms being occupied by men attending the seminary. Agents quickly canvassed the buildings and located the four additional individuals. All the occupants of the dormitories were accounted for, and evacuated to safety.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

Contacts For This News Release
Rio Grande Valley
CBP Public Affairs
Phone: (956) 289-4844

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