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Homes spared after fire barrels through Wills Point pasture

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25 acres are scorched after a fire Monday in Van Zandt County 25 acres are scorched after a fire Monday in Van Zandt County
WILLS POINT, TX (KLTV) -

A grass fire burned dozens of acres in Wills Point Monday afternoon. Around 11:30 a.m., fire crews were called out to a pasture off of County Road 3501, behind the Wills Point industrial park. Fire crews from all over Van Zandt County were used to put out the fire. Multiple homes were threatened but none were burned.

"I was scared because all I could see was smoke, police cars, fire trucks, and an ambulance," says homeowner Charlotte Jeane.

Jeane rushed from work to her Van Zandt County home after her husband called to tell her their house was in danger.

"Someone from the Wills Point Fire Department had called him, he was in Mesquite, and told him he needed to come as soon as possible," explains Charlotte.

Fire crews from Wills Point, Rolling Oaks, Canton, Edgewood and Fruitvale were just some of the responders.

"We had two homes that were in danger and we had several buildings that were. We had some hay that was near the fire as well. If that would have caught on fire that would have made it a much bigger fire for us," says Evan Lauridsen a firefighter and certification coordinator at the Wills Point Fire Department.

According to firefighters on the scene, at least 25 acres were scorched. The majority of that spanned from the railroad tracks to Charlotte's home.

"We had to shutdown the trains for a while... while we were dealing with that,' explains Lauridsen.

"It got into our yard... as you can see. Fortunately, our house didn't catch on fire and I'm so grateful to all of the fire departments," says Charlotte.

The fire departments not only saved her home, but her horses and her dog, too.

"I used to have a white dog and now she's gray," laughed Charlotte.

With a gray dog and burned yard, Charlotte says she is grateful that the fast moving fire didn't do more damage.

"Thank God everyone is ok," she says.

The Van Zandt County Fire Marshal's Office says the pasture fire in Wills Point started under transmission electric lines near the railroad tracks. Van Zandt County is not currently under a burn ban, but a ban is expected to be discussed at the county commissioner's meeting on Tuesday.

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