Massive grass fire breaks out in Fayette Co.

By Jason Miles - bio | email

FAYETTE COUNTY, TN (WMC-TV) - Officials believe a driver's bad brakes may have cause more than a dozen brush fires in Fayette County Friday.

The fires burned along Macon Road, just east of Highway 385.

Fayette County firefighters spent hours battling more than a dozen fires near the Shelby County line.  Shelby County and eight other fire departments also helped.

Ed Guagh with Fayette County EMA said sparks from a passing car probably started the fires.

"Everywhere he came to, if the conditions were right and it was dry enough they got a spark, it sparked it off," said Gaugh.

Extremely dry brush fueled the fast-moving fire, while crews resorted to getting water from ponds, lakes and even swimming pools.

"It was a little bit windy out here also," said Lt. Antonio Parkinson with the Shelby County Fire Department.  "The fire was picking up and the fire is in the woods, which gives us another disadvantage while trying to put the fire out."

Fortunately, firefighters successfully protected nearby homes and structures, including Wright's Chapel Baptist Church.

Fire crews were prepared to keep an eye on potential hotspots through Friday evening.  They said they hoped for relief this weekend from the drought-like conditions.

Officials said they had a good idea about who was driving the car or truck with bad brakes.  They did not anticipate filing any charges.

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