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Lawn mower starts fire, burns down Smith Co. home

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - A Smith County couple lost everything Saturday when a lawn mower in their carport sparked a fire. The fire happened at around 1 o'clock in eastern Smith County on CR 233.

Five fire departments responded to the fire. When crews got to the scene, the house was already up in flames. The husband says he just finished mowing the yard and was eating lunch when a passerby stopped and warned him about the fire.

"Probably 10 minutes had passed [after mowing the yard] and the lady came down the road in the car and she blew her horn and she said, 'Your garage is on fire,' and we came out and gosh the garage and lawnmower were fully engulfed," says homeowner Napoleon Square.

The fire marshal says a battery short in the lawn mower might have caught the grass on fire, which then caught the house on fire. No one was injured.

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