Thousands Told to Leave as Texas Fire Grows

GRIMES COUNTY, Texas -- A fire that has burned about 5,000 acres and destroyed dozens of buildings in Grimes County was 35 percent contained on Tuesday morning. About 30 homes have been destroyed in the fire that started Sunday. Grimes County...


At one point Sunday evening, frightened horses were seen running loose in the roadway as flames burned on each side of the pavement.

"It's rekindling everywhere," said Sowell.

County officials said the fire consumed an area around some Union Pacific Railroad tracks, but trains had already stopped running along that line because of the fire. Deputies sent a message to the railroad that survey crews should be sent before trains resume there because the intense heat may have damaged the tracks as the fires raced up and across the rail line and onward toward more homes.

Two injuries have been reported. Investigators said a man was pinned between two firetrucks in a place he should not have been. He was hospitalized, but his condition was not released. The second victim was hit by a falling tree. That person's condition was also not released.

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