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Neighbors Fight Fire with Garden Hoses

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Homeowners in the Gold River neighborhood grabbed their hoses and fought back a fire threatening their homes Thursday afternoon.

The blaze consumed more than 4 acres.

“My fence was on fire and I tried to stop it with the water but it was going to fast so I dropped those hose and ran,” said Martha Lysle.

Metro Fire says the homeowners actions gave them the time needed to get on the scene and extinguish the flames.

“By them watering down their fences and all that stuff at the same time probably prevented more fence lines and houses going up,” said Metro Fire Battalion Chief Charles Jenkins.

In this case, it worked out for the homeowners but Jenkins says its not something they recommend.

“Go ahead and call 911, report it and then stand back. That’s what we recommend,” said Jenkins.

Lysle saw first hand how quickly a garden hose can be overpowered by fast moving flames.

“I was watering down the fence and I couldn’t keep up with it so I took off,” said Lysle.

The fire got so close to the home the heat blew out the windows and started to singe the house.

The president of the homeowners association says this is something they planned and prepared for. Even so, Metro Fire says the best course of action is to turn on the sprinklers, quickly water down the fence and then get out of the way, so on one gets hurt.

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