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Firefighters Battle Brush Fire in Redding

Published On: May 30 2013 12:56:38 PM CDT   Updated On: May 31 2013 11:40:45 AM CDT
REDDING, Calif. -

Redding firefighters responded to a brush fire on Dogwood Lane on the city's west side on Thursday morning.

Initial reports indicated that the fire was threatening structures. The call came in around 9:45 a.m. and it burned about one acre before it was contained around 10:30 a.m.

Firefighters taped off an area where they think the fire started.  

Jeff Casperson lives in an apartment complex on Dogwood Lane, which backs up to where the fire started.

"[I went out on] the back balcony and look down and I mean, it was a blazing," Casperson said.

Casperson said he called 9-1-1 but knew he had to do something to keep the flames from spreading while they waited for crews to arrive.

"I went to the two fire extinguishers and busted them out and ran down there because I got a little boy," he said, "I didn't want it to come up here any further."

Many of Casperson's neighbors, including Paul Nolan, heard a loud boom shortly before the fire started.

"I'm thinking it could've been a firecracker or a gunshot or something like that," Nolan told us. "I know something caused it though. There was a bang right before it."

At first, Nolan said he did not think too much of it.

"20-25 minutes later, because I went back to watching TV, we seen smoke out the back," Nolan said.

He said it worries him that fires tend to start in the canyon behind his complex, adding that one burned 25 acres last June in the same area.

"Sometimes I'm gone and just my dog's here so I think, what would happen if the apartment burned down. It's really scary," Nolan said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.