Grass fire spreads through northern Indiana neighborhood


Dry grass from this summer's drought fueled a fire that quickly spread through several yards in a northern Indiana neighborhood.

The fire in Goshen slightly damaged two homes and burned five yards.

Fire Battalion Chief Rick Kauffman tells The Goshen News that the cause of Thursday's fire wasn't immediately determined, but it started near the edge of a nearby street.

Kauffman says vinyl siding on two houses will need to be replaced and a vinyl fence also was damaged.

Stephen Clayton's lawn was among those that burned in the city about 20 miles southeast of South Bend. He says a lack of caution almost caused a lot of damage.

Most of Indiana's 92 counties have open burning bans in place because of the tinder-dry conditions.

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