PARKE COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - Rick and Cheri were enjoying their Thursday afternoon on the sun porch and weren't expecting what came next.
"He said we either have company or there's smoke because it's dusty and you can see dust coming up the driveway, and I looked out and said that's smoke," Cheri Peacock said.
Rick went outside and told Cheri to call the fire department.
"It was coming up the hill about as fast as you could walk probably and the flames were as high as I am," Rick Peacock said.
"We just kept spraying with the hose. I thought the whole house was on fire, the bedroom because it was so smokey, I couldn't see," Cheri said.
The fire department arrived and was able to successfully help keep the fire from the woods, their trees, and home, which they were most worried about.
"It all happened really rapidly, you know time almost stops when you're watching the fire come," Rick said.
They were supposed to be at their granddaughter's softball game.
"We were just waiting to go to the game so it's fortunate that we were even home," he said.
The fire department ruled the cause of the fire undetermined.
However, Cheri and Rick believe it was a cigarette that a passerby threw out.
"Very few fires are started by mother nature, we start em all ourselves and this is a good time to be careful," he said.
They said this is a lesson for everyone.
"I think we need to heed the fire warnings. There's a reason why they're telling us there's a burn ban, and if you smoke, don't flip the cigarette out the window," Cheri said.
The Peacocks say they will just wait until next year to fix their lawn since re-seeding will be nearly impossible in these dry conditions.
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