WACO (October 20, 2013)—Two firefighters suffered minor injuries Sunday morning while battling a house fire in North Waco.
One firefighter received burns on his back from radiant heat and the other slipped and injured his knee and back.
Their names weren’t immediately released.
The fire was reported at around 10 a.m. Sunday at 2012 North 6th St. in Waco.
Heavy smoke was pouring from the two-story house when the first crews arrived and smoke from the fire was visible for several miles.
Flames spread throughout the house, portions of which collapsed, fire officials said.
The heat from the fire caused roofs to smoke and windows to break at two nearby houses, whose residents were evacuated as a precaution.
Neither of the two houses received any fire damage.
The four residents of the house where the fire started told officials they smelled smoke, but when they checked, they couldn’t find any evidence of a fire.
When the smelled smoke a second time, they told officials they went downstairs and found the fire burning in the front portion of the home.
All four escaped safely.
The fire displaced two children, ages 6 and 15, a 31-year-old man and a man in his 50s.
The American Red Cross was providing assistance Sunday afternoon.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.