Grass fire in Washington Co. burns abandoned home to the ground

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Updated: 2/26 12:12 am Published: 2/26 12:08 am

A fire just north of Collinsville in Vera burned an abandoned home to the ground last night. It started as a grass fire but the wind carried it quickly to the nearby house.

The first fire crew got the call at 7:30 last night. The assistant fire chief for Washington County said they believe he initial fire started in the grass in the ditch near the house. But these winds moved it so fast the house was already on fire by the time the second truck got here.

Firefighters on the scene said it looked like someone may have started the fire in the ditch—but the assistant chief says the Washington county sheriff’s department will investigate that.

“The high grass and the wind down in this valley that we’re in moved it along pretty quickly. The delay in the 911 call, getting the page out, getting fire trucks out being volunteer departments, there was that little bit of delay,” says Washington County Assistant Fire Chief Chuck Kerns.

Fire crews expected to have to stay out there for a while to keep an eye on hot spots.

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