Fire near Sperry destroys 4 homes

Monday, November 28th 2005, 10:12 am
By: News On 6

At least four Sperry families are homeless after a grassfire there raged into Monday morning. Emergency crews were still monitoring Monday afternoon.

News on 6 reporter Heather Lewin says except for a few smoldering spots, the fire that burned near Sperry on Sunday afternoon is out, but as long as the wind continues, there is still a possibility of danger.

Overnight winds whipped the flames into a fast-moving inferno, consuming nearly 800-acres. Firefighters didn't have a moment's rest, after fighting the fire for hours and thinking it was all over, they were called out again as flames re-kindled by the wind threatened more homes.

Terry Hopkins stood in front of his house and simply watched the flames approach. "Not really, there's not a whole lot we can do. We've got all our essentials in a pile and we're ready to make a fast exit if we have to."

At least four families were forced out of their homes early Monday, before the fire destroyed them. No one was injured.

Emergency officials spent Monday afternoon surveying the damage.