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December 31, 2013

Grass fire burns close to home

CLAREMORE —

Claremore firefighters responded to a grass fire Tuesday near 1205 Andre Circle, just outside the  Claremore city limits. The fire started around 12:15 p.m. after wind-blown embers from the homeowners burning brush pile landed on his property south of Blue Starr Drive across the street from his home.
The homeowner said he was outside with the brush pile when the fire occurred. Within several minutes, flames spread throughout nearly one acre of  property.
Jack Massey, Claremore Fire captain and acting batallian chief, said firefighters had the fire under control within a couple of minutes after ariving on scene. 
Fire Station 1 set up a brush truck on the southside of the fire, while Station 3 extinguished the flames inching toward a neighbor’s home on the eastside.
“I wasn’t too concerned with the grass burning, but rather my neighbor’s house catching on fire,” the homeowner said. “I was running around trying to put out as much of the fire as I could before firefighters arrived.”
Massey said these types of fires occur somewhat frequently and spread fast, especially when the grass is dead.
“The (homeowner) did a good thing calling us when he did. In the case of any grass fire, small or large, it is best to call 911 and have us take care of it before the fire gets out of hand,” said Massey. 

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