North Texas emergency crews pushed to extremes

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by CRAIG CIVALE

WFAA

Posted on September 5, 2011 at 10:38 PM

CORSICANA - Monday fire crews were back at the scene of a stubborn wildfire that re-ignited near a business park off Interstate 45 in Corsicana.

It burned three structures, including part of a business and a half-dozen trailers.

Emergency crews thought they had the flames cut off, but the conditions kept pushing it along.

"We had a big gust of wind and it pretty much went around us, and it's getting closer to Interstate 45," said Corsicana Fire Chief Donald McMullan.

Crews tackled close to two dozen fires that popped up across North Texas.

In Ellis County, the flames threatened close to fifty homes in multiple neighborhoods.

The vinyl siding on Arnette Gabriel's home was burned, but crews kept the flames from spreading inside.

"The fire was right against my patio door, I instantly told my friend lets get out of here, we didn't pick up anything we just ran out the front door," Gabriel said.

The dry windy conditions contributed to a number of the problems.

But Corsicana's fire chief questions whether some of the hot spots were intentionally set.

"It's very suspicious," McMullan said, "We'll be looking into it today and tomorrow to see if anything occurred."

E-mail ccivale@wfaa.com

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