Wall of Flames Forty Feet High

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Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 2:29pm

Man spares his house from the Texas wildfire with a bucket of water, a shovel, and a litte luck.

One homeowner fought off the flames from the massive Possum Kingdom Complex blaze as they burned the land around him.

Ken Mackey said he saw a wall of flames 40 feet high headed straight for his home off Highway 180 west of Palo Pinto.

"You really don't have time to think, you just do," he said. "A bucket of water, a shovel. That saved the day. It works, if you're fast enough."

Mackey said his home -- which is not insured -- is worth fighting for. He said he considers himself lucky, if not out of the woods yet.

"I'm still worried; yeah, I'm not saying we're in the clear," he said.

Mackey said he has seen a lot of wildfires over the years -- but not one quite like this.

"We have them every year, you know," he said. "But man, this here, this here is the grandpappy of them all."

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