WACO (August 21, 2012)—An early Tuesday morning fire destroyed a two-story garage apartment building in Waco and damaged a house that was on the property.
The first unit to arrive at 17th and Blair streets just after 4 a.m. reported the frame apartment structure was engulfed in flame.
Waco Assistant Fire Chief D.C. Yeager said he called for a second alarm as soon as he arrived on the scene.
“The garage apartment was fully involved from bottom to top,” Yeager said.
The house that sits on the same property caught fire, as well, but firefighters were able to contain that blaze to only the rear portion of the home.
At one point the flames burned through power lines at the back of the house and firefighters had to work around them until Oncor could get on the scene to shut power down.
Yeager said it took firefighters about 20 minutes to gain initial control of the blaze and they were able to gain full control within about half-an-hour.
Both the home and the garage apartments were vacant.
Four engine companies, a truck company and a command vehicle responded to the first alarm and two more engines and another truck were sent to the second alarm, although the firefighters in the second alarm were left on standby and not needed.