House Fire Displaces Seven Local Residents

WACO (February 6, 2014) Seven people, including four children, were displaced Wednesday evening after their North Waco home caught fire.

Assistant Waco Fire Chief Don Yeager said units were sent at about 5:40 p.m. Wednesday to the home in the 1800 block of N. 24th St., where the first units on the scene reported flames and heavy smoke coming from a two-story, wood-frame house.

Yeager said the building was a detached garage-style apartment with living space in both the ground and second floors.

Two adults and three children were at home at the time of the fire and they were alerted to the blaze by a smoke alarm, Yeager said.

Firefighters were able to bring the blaze under control within 10- to 15 minutes but remained on the scene a bit more than an hour dealing with hot spots and mopping up, Yeager said.

Fire marshals were investigating the blaze to try to determine the cause.

Yeager said the fire was contained to a second-floor bedroom at the back of the building that was gutted in the blaze.

The rest of the second floor sustained heavy heat, smoke and water damage and some of that damage extended to the ground floor, as well, he said.

The family was being assisted by the local chapter of the American Red Cross with immediate needs, Yeager said.

The children range in age from 1 to 8-years-old.

No one was injured.