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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Brian Martin of Pasadena, Texas, shot this photo Tuesday, September 6, of the remains of his friend's home that was almost completely destroyed by fire in Bastrop. Martin says the home was severely damaged, and only about 20 percent of it is still standing. 'It got so hot it melted glass bottles, melted the glass in windshields.' He added that his friend is dealing with the loss of his home 'the way he takes everything' -- by trying to figure out what needs to be done. Nevertheless, it's hard. He's known him since 1999 and has never seen him so strongly affected. Martin says when he got to the area, he noticed exploded ammunition could be found in the rubble, and he heard some of it going off in the distance. 'You can hear them going off. These were in people's houses, these shell cases that were going off. I heard about 60, 70 rounds going off while we were there, in one big pop.' Martin is a HAM radio operator who drove out to Bastrop County with some friends to help out in the relief efforts. He says as a HAM radio user, he can help patch communications through where transmission is difficult, like for example if people need help or to communicate in a remote area.
    - nsaidi, CNN iReport producer


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