RED OAK – Firefighters extinguished a grass fire before it could reach nearby residences Tuesday in the 100 block of N. Lowrance Road.
Crews received the call about noon that a grass fire had started behind a residence in the area.
“We initially called for mutual aid (from Waxahachie Fire Department), because we were worried about these structures becoming involved,” said Ben Blanton, Red Oak Fire Department Fire Marshal. “We got them (WFD) en route and were able to get it knocked down before they got on scene.”
The homes threatened by the grass fire were located behind Red Oak High School to the northeast.
The fire spread from a brush pile fire in one yard to another before it was extinguished and around three quarters to an acre of grass was burned by the fire, Blanton said, adding that no property was damaged.
Randy Palmer, who lives on N. Lowrance Road, was notified about the fire while he was at work.
“I was taking pictures of a home. I’m a realtor for Hi-View Real Estate. I got a call saying that 'your backyard is on fire.' I rushed back here and the fire department was already here,” Palmer said. “With the amount of moisture and the rain that we have gotten, I didn’t expect it to spread, but they said the grass was dry.”
Palmer added that he is thankful to the fire department for their quick response to his home.
No injuries were reported from residents or from firefighters. The fire has been ruled as accidental in nature and the cause is under investigation by the Red Oak Fire Marshal’s Office.