Wildfire spreads, destroys Shelby County home

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A wildfire consumed a house in Shelby County, according to a spokesperson for Shelby County Fire Department.

The house was located near the intersection of Benjestown Road and Robertson Road.

James Daniels lives in the area. He said the house that burned down had been vacant for a couple of years, and says with all the debris on the property he's not surprised it went up in flames.

"[It's] a big nuisance," he said. "They won't clean it up."

That was not only the only fire crews had to put out. They received multiple calls of grass fires along Robertson. It turned thousands of feet of what had been green grass black.

Brent Perkins with the Shelby County Fire Department said wind helped spread the blaze.

"The dry weather is a factor as to why these things spread so quickly," Perkins said.

Crews from Shelby County, Memphis, and Millington were able to get the fire under control before it could anyone or any other properties.

Fire investigators are now trying to figure out what exactly caused the fire.

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