MIDLOTHIAN – A grass fire in Midlothian burned about 25 acres near Long Branch Road and Farm-to-Market 1397 on Saturday, Sept. 10.
Firefighters were able to contain the fire before it could reach Longbranch Community Baptist Church and a nearby resident’s barn.
“There were several brush piles that lit up when the grass fire reached them,” Midlothian Fire Chief David Schrodt said. “The cause of the fire is unknown, but a resident did tell firefighters that he had been working on his bulldozer and thought jumper cables may have sparked the fire.”
“The resident said he looked down and saw fire near the dozer,” Deputy Fire Chief Tom Montgomery said. “He tried to stomp it out, but it spread too quickly. That’s when he ran in and called 911.”
Schrodt said there was some delay in receiving additional assistance, because several fire reports had come in at the same time.
“We had assistance from some of the local residents with front-end loaders,” Schrodt said.
One of the residents volunteering his front-end loader became overheated and received medical attention from EMTs, but was treated and released at the scene.
“We waited for a longer time than usual to make sure we had the fire out before we announced that it was contained,” Schrodt said. “It gets to be embarrassing if a fire flames up after we’ve declared it as contained.”
Midlothian FD received mutual aid from the Ovilla, Red Oak, Waxahachie, Glenn Heights, Cedar Hill and ESD 6 fire departments.
“We called in assistance from the forestry service, but the fire was contained before they showed up,” Montgomery said.
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