Several area fire departments battled a house fire that spread into nearby brush and pastures Monday, China Spring Volunteer Fire Department Chief Scott Needler said.

China Spring volunteer firefighters were called to a pasture fire shortly before 3:30 p.m., near Horseshoe Bend Road and Cloverland. Responding firefighters reported the fire started at a house and had spread, Needler said.

Assistance was requested from Waco, Speegleville and Valley Mills because of dry conditions, he said. Water supply was an issue because of the rural location and how quickly the blaze was spreading, he said.

The fire engulfed the home as grass and brush continued to burn. No one was in the home, and no injuries were reported.

The firefighting effort continued until about 10:30 p.m., and China Spring firefighters were called back to the site early Tuesday morning when a hot spot briefly rekindled, Needler said.

Needler said he is grateful for the help from other fire departments. He said the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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