Residents Fight Grass Fire With Hoses

By Frank Heinz and Amanda Guerra
|  Wednesday, Sep 14, 2011  |  Updated 1:05 AM CDT
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Residents used garden hoses to fight off a grass fire.

Amanda Guerra, NBCDFW.com

Residents used garden hoses to fight off a grass fire.

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Residents in Royse City battled a grass fire with garden hoses before firefighters arrived Tuesday.

Residents said the flames were moving so fast, they grabbed whatever they could to save their homes.

"[My neighbor] had a bucket putting out hotspots, then I had the water hose going around the whole house and wetting everything down," Jeremy Lindsey said.

Down the road, Paula McCarty also tried to use a hose, but the flames were too close.

"I knew it was fruitless. I just said, 'Let's get out of here, so we did," she said.

"I didn't think there was any hope of saving our home," she said. "We just wanted to save our lives.

The fire burned 50 to 75 acres and destroyed two out buildings. Two homes had minor damage.

People could be seen from Chopper 5 trying to put out the fire with garden hoses at about 3:30 p.m. Soon after, a brush truck arrived, but not before one of the structures on the property caught fire."

The fire threatened nearby homes, but was 95 percent contained by 5 p.m.

The fire spread out south of Interstate 30 near Farm-to-Market Road 1565, two miles east of Royse City.

No one was injured in the fire.

Just days ago, another fire broke out in the same area. Residents said they're not sure how much more they can take.

"If we don't get rain pretty quick, everybody's in trouble," Mike McCarty said. "Just a little bitty spark is all it's going to take to blow this whole area up out here -- all of Texas, honestly."

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