RAVENNA, TX -- Twelve structures in Fannin County are still standing today thanks to multiple fire departments. Firefighters say a lightning strike Sunday night caused the fast-moving fire that burned nearly 200 acres.
Firefighters say the blaze sparked around 7:30 Sunday night in a field off CR 1010.
"It just looked like an inferno. I mean the blaze was moving so fast," Henshaw said.
Donald Henshaw says the fire started on his property as a storm was moving through. He says his son saw the lightning strikes.
"He came down and told me and I said well I need to go down to the back and open that back gate so the fire department can get through because it had already started blazing real hard and heavy," Henshaw said.
In just a matter of minutes Henshaw says high-winds fanned the flames down the road where it engulfed two structures, one a vacant mobile home.
"I'd say in 15 - 20 minutes it burnt nearly everything on this side of the road," Henshaw said.
Henshaw says thankfully his home and his neighbors homes were spared by the fire.
"The winds changed directions and came out of the south a little bit and it turned the fire so that kept it out of my son's house and some of my other neighbors houses," Henshaw said.
He says if it were not for the firefighters quick response things could have been much worse.
"They done an excellent job. You couldn't have asked for them to work any harder. I mean they were exhausted people. I mean they were here until midnight, or after," Henshaw said.
Ravenna, Ector and Savoy fire departments responded to the blaze. Several other departments provided mutual aid.