What to Know
- Fire has destroyed nine homes and possibly damaged another dozen.
- No injuries have been reported to either residents or firefighters.
- Fire is believed to have started after mowers hit rocks, throwing sparks that caught the grass on fire. Workers reported the fire to the Balch Springs Fire Department.
A large grass fire spread into a Balch Springs neighborhood Monday afternoon destroying at least nine homes and possibly damaging up to dozen others, officials say.
The fire is believed to have started when workers struck debris while mowing a large field on the northwest corner of Interstate 20 and South Belt Line Road. The fire then spread into an adjacent neighborhood where it first burned fences and then spread to homes along the 14700 block of Broadview Drive.
Balch Springs Fire Marshal Shawn Davis told NBC 5 the work crew reported the fire and his department responded with their one and only brush truck. Davis said the fire department only has eight firefighters working during the day and has received assistance from a number of nearby departments.
Davis said there were 14 structures to have confirmed fire damage and that there may be as many as 20 with some kind of damage.
From Texas Sky Ranger it appears that nine homes were totally destroyed in the fires.
Fire officials evacuated a string of homes along Broadview Drive and Bell Manor Court, not far from Mackey Elementary School, as a string of homes caught fire.
No injuries have been reported.
At least nine homes were destroyed and nearly a dozen others damaged after a grass fire spread into a Balch Springs neighborhood Monday, July 25, 2022.
The American Red Cross is working with Balch Springs Emergency Management to make arrangements for the families displaced by the fire. The Balch Springs Recreation Center will be open and available for those impacted by the fire.
Firefighters with a number of area departments are assisting Balch Springs in the fight including Dallas, Mesquite, Sunnyvale, Seagoville and Dallas County.
Check back and refresh this page for the latest information. NBC 5’s Meredith Yeomans and Ken Kalthoff and Telemundo 39s Olivia Martinez contributed to this report.