WACO, Texas (KWTX) The Waco Fire Department is investigating a two alarm house fire from Sunday afternoon.
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According to Waco Fire Battalion Chief J.D. Johnston, 27 firefighters and nine units responded to a home in the 2600 block of Fort Avenue at around 2:30 p.m.
Johnston said Waco Police assisted in blocking traffic on Fort Avenue.
When firefighters arrived they found the home engulfed in flames and heavy smoke.
Johnston said one person was in the home when the fire started, but left before firefighters arrived.
The Fire Marshall is still investigating how many people lived inside.
Elizabeth Wirta said she saw the smoke while driving from the gym and worried it was her home.
"I saw this big black stream of smoke. I thought it was my house honestly so I rushed over here. I was really surprised when I pulled up and saw this going on," said Wirta.
Other neighbors watched the scene unfold from their front yards, but one man decided to take action to stop the fire from spreading to an adjacent home.
"The trees between the houses were on fire and it was fixing to catch another tree on fire. I grabbed a hose and hosed the trees down," said Rvey Stringer.
Stringer was a sailor and fireman in the Navy during the Persian Gulf War.
He said his training clicked again, and he knew he needed to react.
"When I pulled up and saw it, I didn't think. I just jumped into action and I did what I did," said Stringer.
He was later told by authorities to back away so he wouldn't get hurt.
Stringer suffered minor burns on his arm and hands.
The battalion chief said the majority of the flames were put out within ten minutes.
The home suffered heavy fire and smoke damage, and the cause of the fire is still unknown.