Big Spring wild fires cause residents to evacuate from homes

Big Spring wild fires cause residents to evacuate from homes
Fire in Big Spring. (Source: KWES.)

BIG SPRING, TX (KWES) - It was a close call for some Big Spring residents after wild fires swept through the small town.

Many people had to be evacuated from their homes due to the fires, which began at around 2 p.m. May 7 in the area of Ratliff Rd.

"Well, we were in the apartment complex and all of the sudden there was flickering of lights in our house, it just went off and then came back on, and it did it a couple of times," Cindy Stiles, Big Spring resident, said. "So, we went outside to look and there was smoke everywhere. Then, all of a sudden you can see the fire just coming, it was growing, growing and growing."

Stiles said, while at home on May 7, she was notified by management and fire officials that she had to leave her home.

"Apartment complex manager, everybody, just come pounding on the doors telling everybody 'Get out of here, get out of here,'" Stiles said.

Stiles said the worst part was that residents had no time to pack a bag, they were forced out within minutes.

"All I had was just my belongings and we couldn't take nothing out, we had to just get out of there," Stiles said.

While out of her home, Stiles prayed that she would have a place to call home again.

"Nervous, I didn't know if we were going to have a place to come back to," Stiles said. "It's a scary feeling for anybody to have to go through that."

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