Two-Alarm Fire That Left 13 Homeless Started In Attic; Cause Undetermined

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TEMPLE (March 13, 2013)—A fire that at least temporarily displaced 13 people Tuesday night in Temple started in the attic of the family’s two-story home at 1901 North 7th St, but the cause has not been determined, fire officials said Wednesday.

The fire caused heavy damage to the attic and second floor of the house. (Photo by Christopher Shadrock)

The American Red Cross was assisting the two adults and 11 children, ages 6 to 16, who live in the house.

The fire broke out at around 8 p.m. Tuesday and heavy smoke was visible at the first units arrived.

Firefighters entered the burning house in an attempt to extinguish the blaze, but a short time later, flames broke through the roof, officials said.

The fire was upgraded to a second alarm and firefighters were withdrawn from the house for safety reasons, officials said.

The fire caused heavy damage to the attic and second floor of the house, the rest of which was damaged by smoke and water.

A damage estimate wasn’t available Wednesday.

The fire appears to have been unintentional, officials said.


(Temple Fire & Rescue photo)