Fritch, Texas Wildfire Destroys Over 100 Homes
Hundreds of people were forced to flee their homes after a wildfire broke out in the Texas panhandle.
The fire started around 4 p.m. Sunday (5 p.m. ET) near Fritch in Hutchinson County. It destroyed more than 100 homes and continued to rage into the night despite being 75 per cent contained by firefighters.
“We have more than 100 homes confirmed destroyed but we won’t know how many have actually been burned until it gets light,” Fritch Police Chief Monty Leggett told NBC News at 4:30 a.m. local time on Monday (5:30 a.m. ET)
Leggett said that between 300 and 400 people had been forced to leave their houses in the surrounding area of Fritch and an unknown number were without power. Officials had considered evacuating the 2,100-population city itself but decided late Sunday it was not necessary.