Neighbors say dry conditions helped fire spread in Alexander Co.

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ALEXANDER COUNTY, N.C. —

Neighbors in Taylorsville think dry conditions helped a fire that destroyed two homes spread.

Kelly Burch showed Eyewitness News what's left of her home south of Taylorsville. She said she tried to burn some trash in a barrel in her backyard, and that started the fire that ended up catching her house and three others on fire. 

“I was calling 911 and I was trying to water it but it just spread real quick,” Burch said.

Several fire departments in Alexander County worked to keep the fire from spreading in the dry conditions.

Neighbors like Jay Parson said they haven't seen much rain this fall. The fire melted the siding off one wall of his home. 

“It was unbelievable how fast it spread,” Parson said. “It was bad. Just gushing out the back and everything. It was coming out the doors, windows and everything.”

Burch was unable to knock down the flames with a garden hose. The siding on her father's home is damaged, and much of a second mobile home behind hers is gone.  She said she left the barrel of burning debris for only a minute. 

“A little bit of trash.  It wasn't very much,” she said. “I went on the other side of the house and then I heard something pop.”

Firefighters estimate the damages in the tens of thousands of dollars. 

No one was hurt.