LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin firefighters managed to keep a shed fire from spreading to nearby homes on East Laurel Avenue Friday afternoon.
Capt. Ozzie Jarman said some residents were burning brush on the 400 block of East Laurel Avenue and some high winds blew some embers onto a nearby shed, catching it on fire, around 12:30 p.m.
"We were actually here tearing apart the shed and burning some leaves and evidentally some of the embers blew into the back of the shed and caught the back wall on fire and we did not see it until we tore the building down and then whoosh! The entire back side caught on fire," John Beard, a friend of the homeowner, said.
Jarman said the shed burned down within 10 minutes, but firefighters were able to put it out quick, keeping it from spreading to nearby homes. He also said the owers were given a citation for illegal burning.
"To burn you can only burn grass, leaves, limbs, yard clippings. You can't burn any boards, trash, glass....any product other than a natural product and all that was in this burn pile and it was also close to one house and also the shed," Jarman said.
A mobile home next door did have some smoke damage on the skirting, Jarman said.