Johnson Co. Grass Fire Under Control

By Omar Villafranca
|  Wednesday, Jul 13, 2011  |  Updated 11:07 PM CDT
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Fire crews say a Johnson County grass fire destroyed an abandoned home in Joshua.

NBCDFW.com

Fire crews say a Johnson County grass fire destroyed an abandoned home in Joshua.

Firefighters in Joshua will spend the night keeping an eye on the remnants of a grass fire.

Crews from more than six agencies have the 40-acre under control. The fire started near Farm-to-Market 917 and quickly spread between homes in a nearby neighborhood.

One home was burned. Joshua Fire Chief Wayne Baker said the home was a total loss but was abandoned.

The fire slightly damaged some homes as the flames crept through the neighborhood. Baker said some residents started pulling out their water hoses to fight the flames.

"The unfortunate part of that is, they're in the smoke, they're unprotected," he said. "We have gear
and a lot more water than a garden hose. At a certain point, they start to get in danger themselves."

A voluntary evacuation was in place, and some residents left. But city officials said residents were allowed to return home once the fire was under control.

The cause of the fire is unknown. No one was hurt.

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