Evacuations on FM 2767 AND COUNTY ROAD 239 in Smith County
POSTED: Monday, September 5, 2011 - 3:37pm
UPDATED: Monday, September 5, 2011 - 5:20pm
Smith County — Smith County Fire Officials tell KETK the fire has jumped Highway 31 and structures are in danger.
No word if anyone else is being evacuated at this time.
KETK has a crew on scene and will bring you the latest.
Smith County Fire Officials tell KETK the fire started off of County Road 239 in a residential area.
Three homes have been destroyed and one home has been heavily damaged.
Two of the homes were unoccupied at the time of the fire and the residents were able to escape the other two.
Officials believe the fire might have started after a charcoal from a grill fell on the ground and started the fire but are not positive at this moment.
The strong winds then made the fire spread quickly.
An 18-wheeler holding animal feed was also destroyed in the fire.
Evacuations are still in place.
Water tanker trucks are assisting due to low pressure and a difficult time getting water to the area.
Stay with KETK as more information becomes available.
High winds spreading flames fast now and forcing a new set of evacuations today.
FM 2767 and county road 239 are the two new streets were fire crews are now going door to door to evacuate families from their houses.
The Jackson Heights Fire Department in Smith County are getting back up from around east Texas even posting a command center to control a fire that started this afternoon on county road 239.
Our KETK crews are on the scene now we'll get you images as they become available.