The Smithville Volunteer Fire Department was called out to a New Year's Day grass fire in the Meadowbrook and Green Acre Drive area Tuesday.
Fire Chief Charlie Parker says the fire came close to some houses, but no structures were damaged and no one was injured. "We responded to a grass fire back in behind Meadowbrook Drive. It started around Green Acre Drive. With the high, gusty winds, the fire spread across the grassy field at a pretty good rate. We called the Tennessee Forestry Division because it was in a grassy wooded area. We got them to help us contain the fire because it was headed toward the back of some houses. We measured it out. It was just a little over nine acres that had burned."
Parked added "It looked like somebody had started it right beside the roadside. They either threw something out or set it on fire right beside the road. We're still looking into that to see if we can find any suspects and how it actually did start."