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Alum Creek neighbors act fast to save a home from brush fire

Neighbors jumped into action when a brush fire got dangerously close to an Alum Creek home. (WCHS/WVAH)

Firefighters along with the West Virginia Division of Forestry have worked tirelessly over the past 24 hours to control several brush fires across southern West Virginia. A fire in the Alum Creek area has burned around 200 acres so far.

Friday afternoon the flames burned close to home for one neighbor on Sproul Road. The brush fire started burning within feet of the back of her home.

"We've had small fires," Darla McCormick said. "We've haven't had one as big as this. The closer it got it was very nerve wracking."

After calling the fire department McCormick said she realized there was no time to waste. Her neighbors heard the crackling sound of the fire approaching from across the road. They grabbed every hose on the street, hooked them to a water source and jumped into action. They tried to control the fire as best as they could before forestry officials arrived on scene.

"I'm very thankful for them," McCormick said.

One of those neighbors lived up to his fitting name. 17-year-old Blaze Scraggs picked up a hose and began spraying the flames on the mountain.

"There will come a time when you need help," Scraggs said. "Your neighbors might have to help you out the next time."

The West Virginia Division of Forestry wants to remind everyone not to burn until our area receives rain. Officials have their hands full with at least 15 fires that have burned hundreds of acres in southern West Virginia.

"We want people to use caution," Fire staff assistant Jeremy Jones said. "We're asking them not to burn at all right now."

Kanawha County Foresters tell Eyewitness News the Alum Creek fire started from a brush fire near the river. They are continuing to monitor activity over the weekend. Anyone who sets a fire and leaves it unattended can be fined anywhere from $100 to $1,000.

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