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Neighbors Watch in Shock as Flames Shoot from Backyard

Smoke and flames could be seen for miles away in South Abilene Sunday afternoon, after a fire destroyed a pool house and came dangerously close to homes in a neighborhood right off Buffalo Gap Rd.
Smoke and flames could be seen for miles away in South Abilene Sunday afternoon, after a fire destroyed a pool house and came dangerously close to homes in a neighborhood right off Buffalo Gap Rd.

"I just saw blazes above the trees, scared me to death," said Wanda Nash, a neighbor who lives directly across from the home.

Flames crackled and dark smoke billowed into the sunny clear-blue sky Sunday afternoon, as the raging fire destroyed a pool house, a fence and more.

"You go to church, come home and see this," Nash explained.

Firetruck after firetruck rushed to the scene, just after 1:30 p.m. Sunday, and within a matter of minutes, firefighters were able to douse the flames to see what was left behind.

"They were here so fast, they got it so quickly," Nash said.

Like many in the tight-knit neighborhood, Nash rushed outside when she heard the first startling noises of what she describes as a big boom.

"I thought it was a car backfiring, didn't dream when I got out here, I would see all of these blazes. Just scared me."

A terrifying way to spend Mother's Day, and for the family who lives there -- only charred remains are left behind of what they've worked so hard to build.

"He has built a pool house, built a gazebo, everytime we talk to him, he's building something. But bless his heart, he's got a lot to build back."

Fire investigators are still searching for a cause and there is no word on a damage estimate at this point.

There were no reported injuries.
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