Firefighters Battle Flames at Tanglewood Drive

Published: Aug. 22, 2011 at 2:34 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 22, 2011 at 2:49 AM CDT
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Wichita Falls Firefighters worked with multiple departments for hours to try and protect people who live in the Tanglewood neighborhood after a fire erupted at the intersection of Tanglewood Drive and Seymour Highway shortly before 2:30pm. That fire caused some evacuations and some minor damage to two homes but no one was seriously injured.

Officials say rough terrain was a problem in fighting the fire, but a chopper was able to hit some of those hard to reach areas. For many residents who live in the Tanglewood neighborhood, it was a scary scene, flames just exploded in their backyard.

"I was the pool and I heard sirens," said Resident Michele Chavez who was evacuated. "I ran into the house and yelled at my husband and looked out the door and it was actually in the field right behind our house across the streets from us."

"I heard the fire trucks and then I came out here and that's when I saw the fire," said Resident Carolyn Wehl.

Overworked firefighters did their best to protect homes while at the same time try to protect themselves from the triple digit heat.

"You wear this gear, it doesn't take long to get overheated," said Captain Tim Pierson with the Wichita Falls Fire Department.

"I just hope everybody will appreciate the fire department. They are doing a wonderful job. I feel bad for them, in this weather," said Wahl.

Four firefighters suffered from heat exhaustion but were treated and returned to the scene. More than 50 firefighters, including the Texas Forest Service, battled the fire flames that charred 25 acres. It is believed a down powerline is to blame.  As of 9pm Sunday that fire was 90 percent contained.

Crystal Hall Newschannel 6.