Texas Wildfire Destroys 9 Homes, Affects 27 Residences

A wildfire destroyed at least nine homes and affected a total of 27 residences in Balch Springs, Texas on Monday.

Eric Neal, Balch Springs Fire Chief, said the total number included structures that burned to the ground and those that suffered relatively lighter smoke or water damage.

Authorities believe the fire started when workers struck debris while mowing a large field on the northwest corner of Interstate 20 and South Belt Line Road on Monday afternoon.

The fire spread into an adjacent neighborhood, destroying fences before it spread to homes in the 14700 block of Broadview Drive.

Sean Davis, Balch Springs Fire Marshal, said that the fire department only has eight firefighters on duty during the day and has received assistance from several nearby departments.

Davis said 14 structures had confirmed fire damage and that there could be up to 20 “with some kind of damage”.

 City Manager Suzy Cluse said she saw the fire’s flames and plumes rising as she looked out her office’s windows at around 3 PM.

“It was a grass fire that just went out of control,” Cluse said.

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