Cameron County officials said an aerosol can is likely what caused a home on 607 Road, near Hoening Road, just outside Harlingen, to go up in flames Sunday.
"The man reported that he started burning around 12:30 in the afternoon, and he heard a loud pop, Emergency Manager Humberto Barrera said. When he went to the backyard, he noticed the fire was already outside of the container, and that TMs what ultimately what caused the fire."
With high winds aiming directly at the home, it took just minutes for the fire to destroy it. Barrera said this is an example of the tragedies illegal burning can cause.
"There is no permit to be given for (burning) household trash," Barrera said.
Despite some sporadic green vegetation throughout the county, conditions are still very dry and officials are not expecting that to get any better in the coming months. They add that makes things ideal for any trash fire to spread fast.
Barrera said sometimes people burn trash at home in order to save money, but he adds the risks far outweigh the benefits.
"A lot of times it TMs due to financial restrains, Barrera said. Some people say they can TMt afford it, unfortunately there's no process to circumvent it. Either you take your trash to the landfill yourself, or you pay someone to take it for you, which is the trash service."
Sheriff deputies and constables are constantly on the lookout for illegal burning. Anyone caught illegally burning could face a fine of up to $500, and will have to pay for damages to any property besides their own.
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