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House Fire Displaces 6 Local Residents

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WACO (December 17, 2013) A major house fire that produced heavy black smoke in parts of North Waco displaced six residents Tuesday morning.

Firefighters were sent just before 8:10 a.m. Tuesday to the 1800 block of Reuter Avenue after a caller reported seeing heavy smoke coming from the house.

When the first fire units arrived at the scene they reported both smoke and flames coming from the one-story structure.

Smoke was still pouring out of the back of the house as firefighters were making their way inside.

Four adults and two children live in the home, Assistant Waco Fire Chief Chris Pachacek said, but only five people were inside when the fire started, including a 1-year-old.

All were able to escape without injury.

The fire started in a bedroom next to the kitchen, and officials later said it was accidental.

Pachacek said the home was a total loss, but firefighters were able to contain the blaze to the house and prevent it from spreading to homes next door.

The family has arranged to stay with relatives, Pachacek said.

The Red Cross was also providing assistance.

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