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Suspicious Fire Destroys Home In Grayson Co. Neighborhood


GRAYSON COUNTY, TX -- Firefighters say a fire that destroyed a vacant home in Sherwood Shores is suspicious, and the flames briefly threatened a neighboring home.

The unoccupied home on Oxford Drive near Stratford was engulfed in flames, and firefighters worried it could spread. "We saw the smoke in the air so we decided to come check the fire out," says witness Mark Eddington.

"I was in bed and a man came running in and grabbed me out of bed and said your house is on fire, and that's all I know," says Rena Carter, who lives across the fence from the fire.

Carter was stunned after being rescued by two bystanders who say they spotted the fire from Oklahoma around 4 p.m. on Thursday.

"The winds blowing this way, David's house was on fire, so we came around here and sure enough his yard was on fire and the house was too, so Burdo went in," says Eddington.

"I kicked the door open and pulled the old man out then I helped the old woman that's laid in bed. I picked her up and drug her out of the house you know the house was on fire. I didn't know what to do," says witness Alberto Temez.

Firefighters say the winds were a problem when they showed up on the scene. Several departments responded and they were able to keep the fire from spreading to Carter's house except for a small piece of siding near an air-conditioner.

"They come and took me off so I don't know really what's going on over there," says Carter.

County Fire Marshal Kevin Walton says the fire is suspicious since the home was vacant and had no utilities turned on. A neighbor tells us no one has lived there since she moved in back in May.

Over the past few years, there have been several suspicious fires in the neighborhood, but no one has been caught. "It's happened many times. If they burn my house down, I'm going on a manhunt," says Eddington.

"I'm feeling fine except for the worry about the house," says Carter.