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Delbert Parker
Delbert Parker

About a dozen people evacuated for the Mobley street fire are back in their homes. People in the north Amarillo neighborhood were kept out of their homes here for at least three hours.

One local man says he had no idea how close to home the fire came that afternoon until an officer knocked on his door and helped him evacuate. Flames came close but spared his home.  His neighbor was not so lucky. It was a threat on the house, says Delbert Parker. The trailer house next to me was burned... destroyed, he says.

We're told more than just high winds made it difficult for firefighters to contain the blaze. It just consumes vegetation quickly and then that coupled with the fact that it was in a neighborhood and it was placing homes and people in danger, says Lt. Greg Daniel of the Potter County Sheriff's Office. It just makes it very hard to get a tack on that real quickly, he adds.

Firefighters finally had the flames out just after eight o'clock Wednesday night. Captain Bob Johnson with the Amarillo Fire Department is calling the fire arson. It is still under investigation by Potter County officials.