BALCH SPRINGS, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The Balch Springs Fire Department has released more information about the grass fire.
The grass fire was first reported to officials at 3:17 p.m. Monday. When fire officials responded, three acres of land were burning and gusts of 15 to 20 MPH, causing the fire to spread rapidly.
Balch Springs Fire Brigade Chief Sean Davis said they believe a weeding team started the fire, which then spread quickly. The area has been evacuated and there are no reports of injuries.
There are totalsby smoke, water or fire. Nine houses were completely damaged. Property damage was estimated at $6,056,300.
Mutual aid has been called in to help prevent surrounding structures from burning. Dallas Fire-Rescue, Dallas County Fire, Mesquite Fire, Seagoville Fire, Sunnyvale Fire, Cedar Hill Fire, Forney Fire, Hutchins Fire, Combine Fire, Wilmer Fire and DeSoto Fire all assisted in extinguishing fires. By late Monday, the fire was 100% extinguished.
People affected by the fire were told to go to the Balch Springs Recreation Center, 4327 Shepherd Lane, where the Balch Springs Fire Department andSetting.
Donations are requested to go to Opal & Smith Food Pantry, at 2919 Balch Springs Road.
The Balch Springs Fire Brigade said assessments of the structure were still underway.