Seven fire departments respond to Mexia grassfire

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Mexia Fire Department Training Officer Mike Clements, right, and other firefighters confer with Teague Fire Department personnel on a grassfire 2 miles west of Mexia Friday afternoon. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

A grassfire 2 miles west of Mexia Friday afternoon burned about 20 acres and saw seven area fire departments respond.
The initial call to the Mexia Fire Department came in about 12:10 p.m. according to MFD’s Officer Trainer Mike Clements.

The fire was on a triangular piece of land bounded by U.S. 84 on the north, County Road 481 on the west and County Road 474, which angles southwest from U.S. 84 to CR 481.

“The Mexia Fire Department was first on the scene,” said Matt Groveton, director of emergency management for the county. “When they arrived, they realized the fire had spread into a thick, wooded area … firemen couldn’t really penetrate that to get in and fight the fire.”

MFD called for other fire departments to assist them, and the fire departments of Lake Mexia, Mexia State Supported Living Center, Tehuacana, Wortham, Shiloh and Teague soon joined the effort. About 15 personnel were involved.

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