Separate Fires Severely Damage Two Local Homes Overnight

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WACO (December 21, 2012)-Firefighters were busy overnight fighting two separate blazes that broke out only a short time apart and just a few blocks from each other.

Units were sent just before 1:20 a.m. Friday to a house at 1823 North 6th Street in Waco where a caller had reported smoke coming from a vacant house.

Firefighters were able to control the blaze quickly but not before fire, smoke and water did significant damage to the inside of the home, Waco fire Capt. Shon Cavett said.

There was no one injured, Cavett said, and it was not clear if the utilities at the house were turned on.

Cavett said firefighters left the scene just after 5 a.m.

Then at about 2:20 a.m., Waco fire crews were sent to a house near Proctor Avenue at 2023 North 5th Street, only about three blocks away, where another house was reported to be on fire.

When units arrived at the N. 5th Street address they reported the house fully engulfed.

Within a short time the roof caved in and flames spread throughout the single-story structure.

Cavett said later in the morning the vacant house was a total loss but no one was injured in the blaze.

Firefighters remained on the scene of the second fire for more than four hours.

Fire marshals were at both scenes Friday morning trying to determine a cause for both blazes.