ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Firefighters urge parents to teach their children not to play with matches or lighters. Firefighters say Monday afternoon, two young East Albany boys started a grass fire that threatened several homes.
Firefighters say the 7 and 9 year old boys found a lighter, and like children will do, if not taught better, they started a fire with it.
The fire damage was small in the woods behind Frost Street near Sycamore Court. But firefighters say if they had not been called quickly, the wind could have made it more serious.
"Thank God for the concerned neighbor, because if it would have gotten onto the leaves and run to one of these structures and damaged the house, of course it would have been much more severe," Albany Fire Department Investigator Sam Harris said.
Firefighters urge parents to talk with their children about not playing with matches or lighters. "We would hope that the parents would be the people in their lives to think about safety," Albany Fire Department Training Chief Eugene Anderson said.
Firefighters urge people to keep lighters and matches safe, and away from kids who might be tempted. "If they see adults lighting up something, they are going to make an attempt. If they see adults burning in the yard, they are going to do that," Anderson said.
And firefighters thank the neighbor who spotted the grass fire and did not wait to call 911. "What concerns us is we make sure these people, the neighbors, continue to be vigilant for us," Harris said.
Because firefighters say with the recent windy weather, grass fires could become much more serious quickly.
The youngsters who set the fire were reported to the Department of Family and Children Services for review of the case.