UPDATE: Massive Fire Causes Traffic Delays on Highway 359

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LAREDO, TEXAS (KGNS) - We have an update to a story we told you about Monday morning, after smoke filled the air off of Highway 359 - causing some families to evacuate.

The incident started with a grass fire on the 6900 block of Highway 359 around midnight.

The fire spread rapidly, due to heavy gusts of wind.

According to the Laredo Fire Department, only two warehouses and some tractor trailers and 18-wheelers were affected.

"It sounded really bad," says area resident Marcos Martinez. "Honestly, we haven't slept. You can imagine the noise and the flames. It almost reached us at our house."

Drivers were stuck in traffic for hours, with the highway at a standstill.

No injuries were reported.

Below is the previous text from this story:

A fire was reported early Monday morning on Highway 359, about a block away from a flea market.

The incident started with a grass fire, but the fire spread rapidly due to the amount of wind. The fire started around midnight, and was contained at around 5:00 am.

No one was harmed.

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If your commute takes you through Highway 359, you are urged to take an alternate route.

The Laredo Fire Department continues to fight a fire in the 6900 block of Highway 359.

We don't have a lot of information, but those who were stuck in traffic during the early morning hours say the highway was at a stand still.

According to the Laredo Fire Department's website, the call was initiated around midnight.

KGNS.tv and KGNS News will have more information as it becomes available. The fire is still burning.



 
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