A five-acre grass fire early Saturday afternoon in rural Hill County destroyed one home and damaged four or five others early Saturday afternoon, Hill County Emergency Management Coordinator Tom Hemrick said.
Hemrick said the homes damaged were all mobile homes on Farm-to-Market Road 309 north of Woodbury. The address given for the fire was 3001 Farm-to-Market Road 309.
The grass fire started with a blaze that escaped a burn barrel, he said.
The exact number of homes damaged was still being determined late Saturday afternoon because they were in a wooded area. Hemrick said two fishing boats and a number of vehicles were also damaged or destroyed.
The American Red Cross is assisting the woman and man who lived in the home that was destroyed, Hemrick said. The man was unharmed, but “the woman suffered a heart attack at the end of the incident,” he said. She was airlifted to Providence Hospital in Waco. Her name was not released.
A number of pets were also reported injured. Hemrick said he heard that one dog was killed.
Firefighters from Hillsboro were assisted by volunteer fire departments from Woodbury, Peoria, White Bluff, Blum, Covington and Lakeview, he said.