SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - The Smith County Fire Marshal's office has confirmed the grass fire on County Road 272 in Chapel Hill Friday was started by a burn pile in a family's backyard.
"Due to the first person on the scene and the witnesses, they state that the fire did start in the backyard," said Lowry.
But the family said they haven't burned in months. They said the fire had to have started in the woods and spread into their yard.
The residents tell KLTV they were sleeping when someone knocked on their door to alert them to the fire.
Officials said that man was an off-duty fireman who happened to be driving down the street at the time.
"I came out the front door and I came out here and the whole backyard was on fire and the trees were on fire and everything," said Wintifer Wright. Wright is related to the homeowner.
Wright said family members tried to keep the fire from reaching their house. The fire was put out just feet from their home.
No one was injured but Smith County officials said the fire crossed property lines causing damage.
"It burnt three trailers and vehicle and a boat," said Assistant Smith County Fire Marshal Eric Lowry.
The homeowner was issued a citation for reckless destruction of property.
Wright's family members