The Ellis County Fire Marshal’s Office is seeking help from the public reqesting any information about several intentionally set fires near Tom Sawyer Road in Alma.
Firefighters responded two grass fire calls on Wednesday and Thursday on Tom Sawyer Road.
Firefighters from around the area responded the first grass fire near Tom Sawyer Road at 2:40 p.m. on Wednesday. Members of the Barry, Rice, Emhouse, Chatfield, Central High, Avalon and Palmer fire department assisted Alma on the call.
“Access to the property was not bad because there was not too many fences that we had to deal with,” Alma Fire Chief Lawrence Reeve said. “The wind was a problem. It was high and moving very fast. The wind was moving at least 25 -30 mph.”
Reeve said brush trucks and water tankers were used to extinguish the fire. Shuttle operations were set up with tankers to bring water to the scene. The fire burned around 60-70 acres of grass.
No injures were reported from firefighters working the scene. Since the fire was located in a rural area no residential structures were in danger. Members of East Texas EMS and the American Red Cross provided rehab services to firefighters working the call.
The Ellis County Fire Marshal’s offices ruled Wednesday’s fire as an intentional set fire. Fire Marshal Joe Stewart said in the last month and half there have been three or four intentional set fires that have been set in this area.
The second fire took place at 2:30 a.m. on Thursday on Tom Sawyer Road. Alma Firefighters responded to the grass fire call at 2:30 a.m. Assistance on the call was received from the Ennis Fire Department who provided a brush truck.
Reeve said it looks like the fire started from the road and moved into the field. The fire burned around 1-2 acres. Firefighters cleared the scene and returned to the station at about 5 a.m.
Anyone with information about these fires can contact the fire marshals office at 972-825-5555.
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