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Vacant home damaged by Northport brush fire

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This vacant home next to the Hursts was damaged. Source: WBRC video This vacant home next to the Hursts was damaged. Source: WBRC video
Reporter Josh Gauntt walks through the burnt field. Source: WBRC video Reporter Josh Gauntt walks through the burnt field. Source: WBRC video
NORTHPORT, AL (WBRC) -

An unoccupied home was damaged Thursday in a brush fire but fire officials say no one was injured.

The fire started around 3:45 p.m. in the Carrol's Creek area of Northport behind a home on Highway 69 North near Lakeview. Lafe Hurst tells FOX6 News he ran outside to find flames inching closer to his home. At the time, the back end of the house next door was already going up in flames. So Hurst says he grabbed his garden hose and tried putting out some of the fire.

"In the moment, you're trying to do everything you can to try and save what you can," Hurst said. "Its actually scary once you see the after effects and how close it got to the house."

Northport Fire Rescue tells FOX6 News the brush fire spread to over an acre. Firefighters were able to quickly get it under control and there were no injuries.

The majority of the FOX6 viewing area is under a red flag warning which means brush fires can quickly start up in a moment's notice. The grass and brush are very dry which is the fuel that allows brush fires to quickly spread. The wind and low humidity also add to the likelihood of a brush fire.

"The leaves are off the trees. There's a lot of branches on the ground. So that leaves a lot of fuel on the ground," Captain Jason Norris with Northport Fire Rescue said. "Then you add the dry conditions and the low humidity and it just makes it a perfect tender box if you will."

According to the FOX6 StormWarn team, we will continue to see dry, breezy conditions for several days which means heightened fire conditions.

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