The Woodward News

Local News

August 19, 2012

Man says lawnmower started grass fire

Woodward, Okla. — A rural Woodward County man says his lawnmower was to blame for a grass fire that burned close to some homes along Highway 34 north of Sharon, near Belewville on Sunday, Aug. 19.

Tom Brown told The News that he thought the cooler temperatures on Sunday provided the perfect opportunity to do some mowing around his residence near Belewville.

"I guess something got stuck under the mower," Brown said of how the grass fire got started.

"And you know how fire just goes when it comes to dead grass," he said, speaking to how quickly the fire spread, burning southward across a dry field of grass.

However, the quick response of county fire departments that sent units from Sharon, Mutual and Woodward, was able to contain the fire and keep it from spreading to nearby structures.

Brown's lawnmower wasn't so lucky as it did sustain some damage from the fire.

"These things happen; that's just life," he said, noting that he was just glad that "It looks like it just burnt the grass.  So thank God for that."

Brown was also thankful that he wasn't injured in the fire.

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