A Killeen fire on Missouri Avenue kept firefighters busy Thursday afternoon.
The blaze started in the backyard, which sent smoke high in the air.
“Oh man, it was like 40 feet high. It was just burning,” says neighbor Rocky Singletary.
Killeen firefighters responded to a shed fire on Missouri Avenue around noon and were able to put it out in about an hour and a half.
Neighbors say the fire was so big they saw the smoke and the flames from miles away.
Singletary thinks the fire started because they had so much stuff crammed in their backyard.
“I mean, I don’t know why they sat in their junk for. Look what it cost. It costs people to work hard, people who can lose their lives, people that can lose their houses, stuff like that. Because insurance won’t give you all the money,” Singletary explains.
Firefighters stopped the flames from getting out of the backyard. Only the sheds were damaged. They did evacuate houses on Missouri Avenue and Louisiana Street.
“People here can lose their houses, because of them, because they are hoarders. They got junk,” Singletary adds.
Central Texas hasn’t received any rain in the past couple of weeks, causing it to be bone dry. With Thursday’s winds, this fire could have easily spread.
“Very easy with all these leaves, too. You never know. You throw a cigarette and you got a lot of junk everywhere. It’s just going to catch it, you know what I mean? It’s going to start a fire,” Singletary says. “Just be careful, that’s all. Don’t be throwing things out, lighting stuff up, you know. Stuff like that. You know, cigarettes and stuff like that.”
Killeen Firefighters are working on putting out a fire that started on Missouri Ave.
Parts of Illinois Ave and Louisiana Street are closed off at this time.
Firefighters evacuated houses around Louisiana Street.
No injuries have been reported.
The fire appeared to be contained before 1:30pm, but there was no word on what may have caused the flames.
We will have more information as it becomes available.