Posted: Dec 26, 2012 5:42 PM by Rachel Cole -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: Dec 26, 2012 6:45 PM
LAKE CORPUS CHRISTI -- Fire crews are still keeping an eye on hot spots from the Christmas day fire that destroyed two vacant homes. The fire broke out Tuesday morning and burned well into the night.
The flames threatened an entire neighborhood, prompting an evacuation of nearly a hundred people last night. Fire fighters from surrounding communities pitched-in to contain the flames and luckily no one was hurt.
Fire officials say they believe the flares ups are a result from a Thanksgiving fire and the strong winds and cold front are blamed for causing the flames to spread quickly.
Neighbors living in the Hide Away Hills area say things could have been much worse and they are thankful the homes were vacant.
"The gentleman that lived in this house Norman Brown, he was real close to us and I'm just thankful he wasn't here," Carl Cook said.
"We were very lucky everybody was so lucky, except for one person down here and thank goodness she wasn't here," Teresa Bussey said.
Fire crews battled the blaze for hours hoping the flames wouldn't burn anymore homes. Neighbors say the fire crept up on neighborhood and is still causing problems.
Fire officials say that hot spots are flaring up over at the KOA camp ground and there is still smoke in the area. They say they're going to bring bull dozers out to sweep over the area to ensure that the fire doesn't continue to spread.
"It's still burning out, down further towards KOA but it's pretty much out in the middle, it's contained, were just hoping that the wind don't pick up," Cook said.
Cook has lived on the block for 15 years, he was just one of the dozens of fire fighters working to save his neighbors homes.
"It was chaos out there, the smoke was really hot and the fire made it hard to see where we were going," Cook said.
More than 10 departments showed up to help and Cook says without all of their assistance the flames could have done much more damage.
"If it wasn't for the fire fighters that came out, it could've been a lot worse than it is," he said.
For now, these two homes were the only properties destroyed and neighbors are thankful no one was hurt.
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