Firefighters save dozens of Howard County homes from flames

HOWARD COUNTY -- Firefighters got a handle on the large grass fire south of Big Spring Friday night, according to the Texas A&M Forest Service.

The fire burned south of Big Spring and east of South Highway 87. It sparked Friday afternoon and destroyed more than 350 acres near Craig Road and Jeffery Road.

Fire crews from as far away as Bryan and Austin were called to West Texas for Friday's fire danger. They were dispatched to the Craig Road Fire. Local companies, like Shanna's Oilfield Service tankers, donated water to fire fighters.

Despite firefighters best efforts, Howard County Volunteer Fire Chief Tommy Sullivan says one homes and one barn were destroyed. At the height of the fire, Sullivan says about 50 homes were in danger.

"I’m just thankful to still be here and the house to still be here," Stanley Phillips explained.

He came feet away from losing everything.

"You’re just scared to death it’s going to burn up, that everything you’ve got is going to go up in flames," Phillips said. "There’s nothing you can do, you’re just sitting there watching it. That’s the scariest part, that there’s nothing you can do about it."

Firefighters worked tirelessly to save the house Phillips built 18 years ago.

"They had the whole team out here," Phillips explained. "They had bulldozers and fire fighters."

Flames destroyed the shed his water pump was in, so he has no access to water.

"The only thing you can do it wait until you get the water we’ll fixed," Phillips said. "Because you can’t live out here without water."

But still Phillips knows he’s one of the lucky ones.

"I hate the trees and the animals and everything burned up," Phillips said. But at least you still have a place to live. Some people don’t."

CBS 7 will update this story as more information is released.