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UPDATE: Fire contained near Lindale; One lane of Hwy. 69 still closed

KETK viewer Bobby Greenwood

POSTED: Friday, September 13, 2013 - 11:44am

UPDATED: Friday, September 13, 2013 - 4:21pm

A large fire is burning near Lindale off of Hwy. 69 North, just south of Interstate 20, but officials tell KETK that it has been contained.

The fire is near Smith County Road 461, and consists of several small fires, the largest is about five acres.

Evacuations are underway in the area after business owners reported that the fire had spread to nearby trees.

Employees at KE Cellars evacuated and told KETK that the fire surrounded their business, which is located on .the 13000 block of Hwy. 69.

One southbound lane of Hwy. 69 is closed while crews continue to clean get a handle on the fire by creating plow lines around it. They say it could take several hours before they can reopen the lane.

Fire officials believe the fire was caused by a flat tire, which caused the rims of a vehicle to spark and ignite the nearby grass.

Photos Courtesy: Bobby Greenwood


Photo by: KETK

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