Fire Burns Several Acres

POSTED: Monday, March 2, 2009 - 6:25pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:32pm

Neighbors in Brownsville spent Sunday defending their homes from a spreading grassfire. The flames spread to several acres. Cameron County has extended its burn ban for an additional two weeks, and still six acres of land burned near a church and several homes. Close to six acres burned near a subdivision just west of Olmito. Mindy Rhinelander lives in the neighborhood. She says her three children were playing in the sand box outside when they saw flames over the fence. The fire was very close to a church that was having services at the time.

Rhinelander and her family lent their hose as people in the area filled up buckets with water to try to put out the flames. She says the flames then came under the fence and it her backyard. they took measures into their own hands grabbing buckets to put out the hot spots with the water. With the help of firefighters it took her, her husband, and children a couple hours to extinguish the flames. Rhinelander children who have asthma struggled with the smoke coming from the fire.

Shortly after there backyard was free of flames, two tires caught on fire just outside there fence. Once again they took buckets to put of the tire fire. Rhinelander says she learned a lot from this fire.

"I am defiantly going to mow all the grass, in the backyard from now on, as well as put a water spigot about right here."

All the flames were put out within a three hour period. No homes were damaged. No one was hurt. The Cameron County Fire Marshall says he is still unsure how the fire started. He says it will take a couple days to find that answer.

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