by Mike Henry
KBYG News - Special to NewsWest 9
BIG SPRING - What began as a structure fire early Monday evening quickly grew to a grass fire that threatened other structures, including several Big Spring businesses.
Big Spring firefighters were called out to a structure fire in the 900 block of 2nd, near 2nd and San Antonio, on Big Spring's west side.
As firefighters arrived, it was obvious the original fire was spreading beyond the structure, and within moments, Howard County volunteers also arrived to assist. City fire officials say the arrival of volunteer firefighters allowed them to concentrate on the structure fire and volunteers were able to stave off the flames from other buildings.
Numerous businesses along west 3rd in Big Spring saw flames lap up within feet of their buildings but no other serious damage was reported.
The structure where the blaze began was an occupied residence, but everyone got out safely. The fire began at an adjacent storage shed next to the home, according to Fire Marshal Carl Condray, but the cause is currently "undetermined." The shed was destroyed and the home received very extensive damage. Two parked vehicles were also destroyed.
The fire burned about 2 1/2 acres of brush, according to the Fire Marshal.
Firefighters were still working some hot spots but the fire was no longer a major threat.