A trash fire spread outside the barrel Tuesday afternoon, burning down a man’s home and igniting a grass fire of about 10 acres in a rural area about 3 miles southwest of Brownwood, Fire Marshal and Interim Fire Chief Buddy Preston said.
The fire site is off County Road 234, Preston said. The fire also burned two storage buildings.
A firefighter was taken to the hospital with heat exhaustion and is OK, Preston said.
Preston estimated the size of the man’s home at 800 to 900 square feet. He said the man appeared to be in his 70s and was the only occupant. The man went to stay with other family in the area, Preston said.
Firefighters from multiple departments responded and were hampered by the difficulty of getting water to the scene, Preston said.
“There’s no water out there, so we were having to truck water in,” Preston said.
Water tenders from a county precinct and the National Guard were among vehicles that brought water to the scene, Preston said.
The Red Cross and the Brown County Community Emergency Response Team also responded.
A ban on outdoor burning is currently in effect.