WACO (July 11, 2014) An early Friday morning house fire displaced a family of seven and left their home heavily damaged by smoke.
Firefighters were sent at about 3:50 a.m. to a house in the 2000 block of Herring Avenue where the first units reported smoke coming from the back of the house.
The family had escaped the house without injury, acting Assistant Waco Fire Chief R.M. Bergerson said.
The American Red Cross was assisting the family of two adults and five children with housing and other needs, Bergerson said.
Firefighters had the blaze knocked down within about 10 minutes and the fire itself was confined to a utility room at the back of the house.
Bergerson said the rest of the house suffered severe smoke damage.
Fire units cleared the scene within about two hours.