Grass fire burns within close proximity of Meridian home

Investigators are unsure of the cause of a grass fire that spread to a fence and a nearby home Sunday evening.

The fire started alongside the side of the bank of a ditch near the fence. However, the cause of the fire was declared “undetermined” after investigators were unable to find what ignited it, said Meridian Fire Chief Mark Niemeyer.

The fire was reported by a couple walking at 7:30 p.m. near the residence at 2975 West Forecast St., off of Ten Mile Road and Pine Avenue in Meridian. Firefighters worked to extinguish the fire from outside the home.

“We fought the fire from the exterior, but did force entrance into the garage to ensure that there was no fire extension into the house,” Niemeyer said.

The fire burned through a fence and came within close proximity of the home. It melted the vinyl siding of the home’s exterior, but did not damage the inside.

The first unit arrived on the scene at 7:39 p.m. and the fire was controlled by 7:43 p.m.

A total of 16 personnel arrived on the scene, including three engines, one truck, one battalion chief, one brush truck and one fire investigator.

No owners or pets were present at the time of the fire.