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Large Grass fire reported near Commerce

A large grass fire was reported near Commerce early Monday afternoon, threatening structures.

At around 1 pm Monday, KETR got reports of the blaze near TX Hwy 224 and the TX Hwy 178 overpass.

Multiple Commerce Fire Department vehicles were on scene fighting the blaze which stretched nearly half a mile down the 224 frontage road, with two ambulances nearby for medical support.

The blaze threatened a wireless tower site, owned and operated by SBA Communications, but firefighters were able to put that portion of the blaze out before the site was damaged.

At the same time, there was a secondary grass fire also located on Hwy 224 three quarters of a mile northeast of the first fire, with at least two vehicles fighting that blaze.

The fires were believed to have been started by a vehicle dragging a chain, causing sparks to ignite nearby grass.

No injuries were reported.

Daniel was born and raised in Commerce, TX, and has been a life-long listener of 88.9 KETR. After listening to ‘The Art of Sound’ with Mark Chapman as a child, he enjoyed the thought of being able to broadcast across NE Texas. He is now a Radio/Television student at Texas A&M University-Commerce and hopes to continue his work in radio after he graduates. He has been heard in the past as the host of ‘All Things Considered’, ‘Movie Picks with Alice Reese’ and ‘The Morning Bell’.