WESTFIELD, Ind.—After today’s burn ban in Westfield, a homeowner got lucky when a unintentional grass fire almost ignited their home. At approximately 1 p.m. this afternoon, firefighters rushed to the home at 3849 Crest Point Drive. A next door neighbor and a postal employee saw flames shooting from the rear of the house, grabbed a garden hose, and began to extinguish the flames. Firefighters arrived shortly after to find the grass fire out and the next door neighbor suffering from smoke inhalation. Paramedics from the fire department treated the neighbor who was released on the scene.
“I cannot stress how important it is for people not to put out fires on their own–it’s just too dangerous,” said John Barrett spokesperson for the fire department.
With record dry weather and no rain in sight, the conditions are ripe for extremely dangerous and fast moving fires. Earlier today, Westfield joined many other Indiana cities and towns by implementing a burn ban–something that will be in effect until conditions improve. Residents can be cited by police and fined for violating these bans. In Westfield, residents are still allowed to use a grill to cook, but firefighters still urge caution.
Investigators believe today’s fire was caused by a cigarette and damage to the home is estimated at $1,000. No other injuries were reported.