Large Grass Fire Forces Homeowner to Evacuate - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/15/06

Large Grass Fire Forces Homeowner to Evacuate

A grass fire just west of Levelland threatened several homes and burned miles of grass land Saturday. It started around 10:30am on Highway 300 and Hard Hat Road. It took firemen from six surrounding areas and more than three hours to contain the blaze. The fire destroyed an old travel trailer and came dangerously close to several homes, forcing one man to evacuate.

"I thought we were having a big dust storm. Then I looked out there and I saw the darned fire," Maurice Ford said.

Ford was eating lunch when he realized that he was in danger.

"I called 911 and they said get out of there your house is going to burn down," Ford said.

"When we first pulled up we had fire that started rolling over this building. It was getting close to this house," Jeff Harris, with the Levelland Fire Department, said.

The Levelland Fire Department said a downed power line started the fire. They believe high winds could have been the cause.

"The wind was blowing forty and fifty miles an hour. The heat was hitting us really hard and the smoke and the sand. Couldn't see, couldn't breath so we were fighting to get our air packs on so we could breath and at the same time trying to get the gentleman out of the house," Harris said.

"They came and got me and put me in the ambulance and took me to the hospital. I wasn't breathing very good," Ford said.

"This one is one of the worst ones I've been on based on intensity of the wind and heat," Harris said.

Firefighters were able to keep the blazing fire away from the home.

"I am just glad that we were able to save all the houses and animals that we did. That was my main concern. We are actually lucky in a way that it didn't get any worse than it did," Harris said.

"I don't want to go through it again," Ford said.

Two firefighters from Levelland did receive minor injuries when their truck hit a ditch. They were both taken to a local hospital and treated and released.

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