Home Heavily Damaged, Dog Killed In Local House Fire

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WACO (March 10, 2015) No one was injured, but a family pet died in an early Monday morning house fire in Waco.

(Photo by Christina Truong)

Assistant Waco fire Chief Patrick Kerwin said units were sent to a house in the 3500 block of Live Oak Street at about 3 a.m. where the first firefighters on the scene reported heavy smoke and flames coming from the one-story, wood-frame home.

Search teams entered the house to try to determine if anyone was inside because there were toys and bicycles in the front yard.

Kerwin said within a short time neighbors told him the family that had been living in the house began moving out mid-week last week and they were staying at their new home the morning the fire broke out.

It took firefighters about 20 minutes to bring the blaze under control, Kerwin said.

Their efforts were hampered because the house had a flat roof, which made fighting the blaze overhead a challenge, Kerwin said.

After the blaze was extinguished firefighters found a small dog inside the home that did not survive the blaze, Kerwin said.

A fire marshal was on the scene until after 5 a.m. but no cause of the fire had been established, Kerwin said.

About 80 percent of the structure suffered severe fire, smoke and water damage and the contents that remained in the house were destroyed, he said.