Illegal burn sparks Longview fire

By Bob Hallmark - bio | email

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - Longview fire crews responded to a trash fire around 3:15 p.m. Saturday that got out of control in the 800 block of Dalston Street.

The trash fire jumped to nearby trees, then caught a shed on fire. Fire crews arrived in minutes and doused the blaze, which fire officials say could have been far worse.

"We're looking at a serious problem," says Longview assistant fire marshal Jimmy Purcell, "A lot of times people burn stuff outside in barrels and small embers get away and if their not being attended to."

Fire authorities stress it is illegal to burn for any reason, by city ordinance within the city limits of Longview.

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