SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (WOAI) - Bexar County firefighters battled a grass fire that was dangerously close to a chemical plant near 1604 and Elmendorf on Sunday evening.
According to Bexar County spokesperson Laura Jesse, the original grass fire in the 17800 block of Old Corpus Christi Highway was contained around 6:30 p.m., but firefighters made the decision to intentionally set fires along the fence line near the chemical plant to burn up vegetation and protect the chemical plant.
Jesse said that the windy conditions made it difficult to contain the "back burn", but at 9:30 p.m., the fire was 90 percent contained.
She said Airlife was used to fly over the area to survey for any stray patches of fire, and the firefighters will keep an eye on the area during the night.
Jesse also said that an estimated 80 to 100 acres was burned, as well as two non-residential structures were burned.
None of the structures were occupied. No evacuation was needed.
Officials said that a 21-year-old man said he was setting off roman candles in the area before the fire, and Jesse said that is a possible cause for the fire, but the incident is still under investigation.
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