AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin firefighters have been busy this Fourth of July weekend; an official release said crews have handled more than 20 fires in 36 hours.
Some 15 calls have come in for grass fires, and six have been for structure fires. Fire officials say fireworks caused at least two of the structure fires.
Late Friday night, Rahila Ali was woken up by her husband after he saw flames outside their window.
“I grabbed my kids, came out of the house, and put my kids in the car, and waited to see what would happen next,” said Ali.
Firefighters knocked out the blaze quickly, but not before it destroyed their gate.
“This used to be a lock,” said Rahila. “And as you can see, it’s all burned.”
Fire investigators say it was caused by sparklers improperly thrown away in the trash can.
“Accidents happen very very quickly and without warning,” said said AFD Captain Josh Portie.
They want people to know that these accidents can lead to much bigger problems, like wildfires. It’s important to take precautions, such as having a bucket of water.
“If you have a firework that duds out, you can put it in that bucket or you can hose it down and let it sit to ensure it’s completely out before it gets discarded,” said Portie
The Ali’s say they’re just grateful that the most important thing, their family, went unscathed.
KXAN previously reported that there were some 60 brush fires last Independence Day weekend, several of those suspected to be caused by fireworks.