RED OAK — A grass fire that burned approximately 20 acres and a storage shed forced the evacuation of a Red Oak neighborhood Wednesday evening.
First responders were dispatched to the 400 block of Carol Lane at 6:08 p.m.
“When the initial units got there they had about 10 acres involved and the fire was progressing to the west very rapidly. The fire was in moderately high grass. It was moving towards four residential structures, two barns and one storage unit,” Red Oak Fire Chief Eric Thompson said.
“Firefighters from station two in route to the call reported they had a lot of smoke showing so they went ahead and dispatched units from station one to assist. We stationed an engine at each house for structure protection and we utilized the brush trucks to control the fire,” Thompson said.
The chief said residents in the area were evacuated as a precaution as firefighters work to contain the blaze before it reached residential structures. Providing mutual aid were the members of the Waxahachie, Glenn Heights and Ovilla fire departments.
While fighting the grass fire, Glenn Heights firefighters assisting on the call had to leave and respond to a fire in their city on Glen Meadow Drive.
Thompson said Glenn Heights crews were dispatched out to a residential structure fire and off duty Red Oak firefighters were called in to provide assistance on that call.
The chief said the cause of the grass fire on Carol Lane was in connection to the wind that had blown power lines into each, creating sparks that were carried into the open field behind the residential structures.
The fire spread from Carol Lane over to Farm to Market 2377.
Members of the Red Oak Police Department and the Red Oak ISD Police Department assisted in closing down FM 2377 for about an hour and half while first responders worked to extinguish the fire. No injuries were reported from residents or firefighters working the scene.
Units cleared the scene at 8:30 p.m. and residents were allowed to return to their homes.
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