Firefighters battle winds and blaze in rural setting
TELICO – The Ellis County Fire Marshal’s Office is seeking help from the public in connection with a suspicious fire that took place on Wednesday between Telico and Alma.
The fire, which began in the 3100 block of Farm-to-Market Road 85, destroyed two vacant mobile homes and also consumed about 55 acres of brush and grass. Both vacant mobile homes are considered to be a total loss.
Firefighters from the Alma and Telico Fire Departments were the first to respond to the call at about noon and called for assistance from the Avalon, Rice, Forreston, Garrett City, Garrett Rural, Rosser, Central High, Emhouse, Bardwell and Ennis Fire Departments.
Ellis County Fire Marshal Joe Stewart said the fire started at the two single-wide mobile homes and then spread to the grass.
Drought conditions and the recent freeze created dead grass one to three feet in height. This coupled with high winds averaging about 15-20 mph caused the grassfire to spread quickly.
Firefighters were able to prevent the fire from spreading to other residences in the area.
Water tankers were used to shuttle water back and forth to the scene. Employees with Ellis County Precinct No. 2 brought diesel and gasoline to fuel the fire apparatuses at the scene.
Once the fire was knocked down, members of the Texas Forestry Service were called out to the scene. The forestry service used a bulldozer to cut a fire line to prevent the fire from reigniting and spreading overnight.
Stewart said he wanted to thank all of the firefighters who worked the call on Wednesday. Their efforts went above and beyond to make sure the fire was out, because it was forecasted for high winds that evening.
The cause of the fire is under investigation and is suspicious in nature. The last unit cleared the scene at 9:30 p.m. Anyone who has information about this fire can reach Stewart at the Fire Marshal’s Office at 972-825-5555.
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