27 homes were damaged by a grass fire that quickly spread to the Balch Springs area.

BULCH SPRINGS, TX (CBSDFW.COM) – The Balch Springs Fire Department released more information about the grass fire. several houses caught fire on Monday afternoon.

The grass fire was first reported to authorities at 3:17 p.m. Monday. When the fire department responded, the fire covered three acres and gusts of wind blew between 15 and 20 miles per hour, causing the fire to spread rapidly.

Balch Springs Fire Chief Sean Davis said they believe the lawn crew started the fire and then quickly spread. The area was evacuated and there were no reports of casualties.

Total was 27 houses damaged smoke, water or fire. Nine houses are completely destroyed. Property losses are estimated to be around $6,056,300.

Mutual aid was intended to help prevent the fires of the surrounding buildings. Dallas Fire-Rescue, Dallas County Fire, Mesquite Fire, Seagoville Fire, Sunnyvale Fire, Cedar Hill Fire, Forney Fire, Hutchins Fire, Combine Fire, Wilmer Fire, and DeSoto Fire assisted in extinguishing the fire. By Monday evening, the fire was 100% contained.

Residents affected by the fire are asked to go to the Balch Springs Recreation Center at 4327 Shepherd Lane, home of the Balch Springs Fire Department and Fire Department. The Red Cross has a help center tune.

Donations are requested to be delivered to the Opal & Smith Food Pantry at 2919 Balch Springs Road.

Balch Springs firefighters said structural assessments are still underway.


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