Grass Fire Keeps Wolfforth Firefighters at Bay for Nearly Four Hours - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/12/06

Grass Fire Keeps Wolfforth Firefighters at Bay for Nearly Four Hours

Investigators are trying to determine what caused a fire that kept Wolfforth fire fighters at bay for more than three hours Wednesday. It started around one o'clock in the afternoon near the intersection of county roads 2378 and 7030. NewsChannel 11's Kealey McIntire spent the afternoon at the scene and has details.

Firefighters say a grass fire charred nearly three acres of land. It started as a grass fire, then quickly spread catching a nearby shed on fire.

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Neighbors and firefighters say hundreds of old tires and debris covered the area that burned, hundreds more tires were inside the shed. Firefighters don't know what initially started the grass fire, but say the debris and tires caused it to rapidly spread. Neighbors say they've been concerned about what they call "the mess" for quite some time.

"It started somewhere in the grass right here and it really wouldn't have been an issue if there weren't any tires. It would have been something that, you know, the neighbors here, we could have hosed it down and put it out," said neighbor Don Smith.

At one point flames got so bit firefighters had to hose down a nearby house for fear it would catch fire. However, no evacuated were made and we have no reports of injuries.

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