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A grass fire destroyed several homes in the Dallas suburb of Balch Springs on Monday amid triple-digit temperatures and dry conditions.
A scorched field could be seen next to a freeway in southeast Dallas as fires raged at several homes along the outer edge of a subdivision.
Balch Springs Fire Marshal Sean Davis Fox 4 Dallas that the blade of a worker’s mower generated a spark that ignited the flames in a nearby field around 4:00 p.m. on Monday.
At least 26 homes were affected by the fires, nine of which were completely destroyed, according to Davis.
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“It’s probably going to be one for the records for us as far as one of the largest disasters Balch Springs has seen,” Davis told Fox 4 Dallas.
No injuries were reported as of 8:30 PM CT.
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The surrounding homes were evacuated and a shelter was opened at Balch Springs Recreation Center for those seeking refuge.
Temperatures peaked at 103 degrees on Monday afternoon in Dallas.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.