On Monday afternoon scanners blasted an alarm of a grass fire at the Smithfield Cemetery that was spreading.
Lake Jericho fire chief Guy Coombs said Morris Clark, Jr. was clearing limbs and other debris at Smithfield Cemetery.
The wind caught his burn pile and flames quickly spread toward the adjoining property of Minice McAlister. “It was lucky the fields were mowed around it,” Coombs said.
He said Clark and his wife, June, fought it on their own using a yard rake and shovel, but couldn’t contain the fire.