WACO (September 13, 2013)--An early Friday morning house fire heavily damaged a vacant Waco home and forced the next door neighbors to evacuate while firefighters doused the blaze.
Firefighters were sent at about 5:10 a.m. to the 3500 block of Pine Avenue and the first units found flames and smoke coming from the roof, front and west side of the single-story brick house.
Assistant Waco Fire Chief Chris Pechacek said firefighters were able to get into the front of the home quickly and within about five minutes had the majority of the fire under control.
The fire was burning so hot that siding and eaves on the house next door caught fire and firefighters had to evacuate the people who were living there.
Pechacek said firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the next-door home and damage was slight.
Damage to the first home was much more significant after the fire burned through the roof and did heavy damage to the west side and back of the home.
At one point a tree in front of the house caught fire.
A fire marshal arrived at the scene shortly after 6 a.m. to begin an investigation in the cause of the blaze.
No one was injured, Pechacek said.