Grass fire spreads to neighborhood, torches homes in Dallas County, Texas
Officials say that 14 to 20 homes have been damaged, but numbers may increase due to the ongoing fire
BALCH SPRINGS, Texas – More than two dozen homes were damaged or destroyed after a grass fire spread to a neighborhood on Monday afternoon in North Texas.
Firefighters responded to a grass fire in Balch Springs, located southeast of Dallas, near I-20. Gusty winds quickly spread the fire into the neighborhood.
In all, 26 homes were damaged and nine were destroyed, FOX 4 Dallas said.
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Evacuations were ordered within the neighborhood until crews could contain the fire.
The fire was said to have started when someone mowing the grass hit a metal object, creating a spark.
There is no word on any injuries at this time.
Heat and the lack of rain have continued to fuel fires across Texas.
Over 100 million Americans have been suffering through this unforgiving summer, and for some there is no relief in sight.
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In addition to recent heat waves, the Lone Star State needs at least a foot of rain to help with the intensifying drought.
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