POSTED: Monday, September 5, 2011 - 7:17am
UPDATED: Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 4:54pm
Gladewater, TX — Officials with the Gladewater Fire Department tell KETK, as of 8:00 a.m., six homes and two lives had been lost in the fire on Hwy. 135.
The identity of those killed is still not being released at this point.
Officials say that fire has grown to at least 1250-1300 acres, and is 40% contained.
Those who have been evacuated from their homes are still not able to return.
KETK will continue to provide updates on this fire as the details come in.
Longtime Texas sheriff Maxey Cerliano says it's the fastest-moving fire he's ever seen.
Six homes were toppled within minutes, including a trailer where a woman and her 18 month-old daughter were killed because they couldn't escape in time.
Authorities say the fires were propelled partly by the high winds caused by Tropical Storm Lee. Thousands of acres were burned in eastern and central parts of the state.
Cerliano says the two people were killed Sunday near Gladewater.
A man survived from the trailer with minor burns.
Numerous homes were destroyed in the area as well as a church and parts of a cemetery.
Information from the Associated Press
A fire on Highway 135 south of Gladewater Airport has destroyed over an hundred acres, destroyed numerous houses and has killed atleast two people.
KETK just talked with Gregg County Fire Marshal David Kidder who confirmed the two deaths but would not go into further details.
Kidder tells KETK fire fighters have got the fire cut off at the head and fire fighters will be out on scene all night to try and contain the fire.
Fire fighters are still battling strong winds.
No reports of fire fighters injuries.
KETK will bring you more information on the fire as it becomes available.