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Fires blaze through newest subdivision

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Special contributor to The Ellis County Press

FERRIS- Thanks to the efforts of the Ferris Volunteer Firefighter Department, several houses were saved from towering flames, which engulfed a backyard shed in the Shaw Creek Ranch subdivision Saturday, May 22.

What started out as a picture-perfect day, with numerous garage sales and children playing in the yards, quickly turned into a dreadful scene of panic as neighbors gathered, taking count of other residents.

Although the fire took place in the 100 block of Jamie Birdwell, the blazing fire soon spread to the 700 block of Jennie Marie Circle.

As Jamie Birdwell residents watched the fire on their street, Jennie Marie Circle residents watched out for their residents.

When the fire department got to the scene at 3:45 p.m., Assistant Fire Chief Danny Thursby said it took between three to five minutes to get the fire out.

"The chemicals and oil made it difficult, and the wind was also a factor," said Thursby.

The residents on Jamie Birdwell lost everything in their shed including the fence.

Darlene and Thomas White also lost a lot of their fence, their trampoline, wood for their concrete slab, and their landscape.

"We’re grateful for the firefighters and the timeliness as quickly as possible," said White.

The fire is currently under investigation.

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