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Lightning strike causes large fast moving grass fire

Posted at 9:54 AM, Aug 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-05 12:31:38-04

PETRONILA, TEXAS — Multiple firefighting agencies were called out to battle a large fast-moving grass fire.

The fire broke out just after 3:30 pm Sunday just outside of the Petronila city limits.

When firefighters were heading to the location, fire crews reported thick black heavy smoke coming from the area. After observing the smoke, more firefighters were called to the scene.

Once crews arrived, a quick attack was made while other agencies made sure to stop the fire from continuing to spread.

Assistant District Chief Michael Zamora, with the Nueces County Emergency District #3, said at the time of the call, they believe a lightning strike sparked the grass fire.

It took crews less than an hour to stop the flames from continuing to spread, saving nearby homes and buildings.