Dallas-area grass fire destroys up to 20 homes in subdivision

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A grass fire destroyed several homes in the Dallas suburb of Balch Springs on Monday amid triple-digit temperatures and dry conditions. 

A scorched field could be seen next to a freeway in southeast Dallas as fires raged at several homes along the outer edge of a subdivision. 

Balch Springs Fire Marshal Sean Davis said that the blade of a worker’s mower generated a spark that ignited the flames in a nearby field around 4:00 p.m. on Monday. 


Up to 20 homes were destroyed by the fire, according to Davis. 

“It’s probably going to be one for the records for us as far as one of the largest disasters Balch Springs has seen,” Davis told Fox 4 Dallas. 

No injuries were immediately reported.

The surrounding homes were evacuated and a shelter was opened at Balch Springs Recreation Center for those seeking refuge. 

Temperatures peaked at 103 degrees on Monday afternoon in Dallas. 

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. 

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