Temple Firefighters Battle Early Morning House Fire

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TEMPLE (August 21, 2014) A vacant Temple house was destroyed early Thursday morning by fire but no one was injured.

Temple Fire and Rescue spokesman Thomas Pechal said units were sent at about 1 a.m. to a vacant house at 5 North 20th Street where the first units to arrive reported smoke and flames coming out of the windows of the single-story, wood-frame home.

It is the second time firefighters have been sent to the same address in the past week.

Almost immediately flames broke through the roof of the structure and firefighters began a defensive exterior attack to protect the home next door.

The house suffered severe damage and is considered a total loss, Pechal said, but the neighboring house was not damaged.

The Temple fire marshal’s office is investigating the blaze.

The value of the loss has not yet been calculated, Pechal said.

Nineteen firefighters on four engine companies, a Quint company, a ladder truck and a command unit responded to the blaze, arriving on scene at 1:07 a.m. and reporting the fire under control at 1:38 a.m., Pechal said.

Units began clearing the scene at 4:38 a.m. but one unit remained behind to watch for hot spots.

Temple Police, Scott & White EMS and Oncor Electric also responded.