Three Early-Morning Fires Keep Local Firefighters Busy

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email

WACO (November 21, 2012)--Two house fires and a car fire that were reported within 24 minutes of each other kept Waco firefighters busy early Wednesday morning.

No one was injured in any of the fires, but one man was displaced for at least a while after smoke filled his home.

Assistant Waco Fire Chief Patrick Kerwin said the first fire was reported at 1:20 a.m. Wednesday at 17th and Blair Streets where the first units on the scene reported that the two-story structure engulfed in flames.

Kerwin said firefighters immediately began an exterior attack because both the first and second floors of the brick structure were burning and the fire already broken through the roof.

The house was vacant, he said.

Kerwin said firefighters used an aerial truck to pour water on the flames from above.

A cause had not been established Wednesday morning, he said.

Firefighters did not clear the scene until after 9 a.m. Wednesday.

About 15 minutes after the first alarm, more firefighters were sent to 2003 Windsor Ave., where a caller reported a vehicle on fire.

Kerwin said the vehicle owner had most of the fire extinguished when firefighters arrived.

Firefighters inspected the vehicle and made sure the fire was out, and then cleared the scene within a few minutes.

Then at about 1:45 a.m., firefighters were sent to a structure fire at 2713 Alexander Ave., where the first units found a detached garage engulfed in flame.

Kerwin said the flames spread to the house near the garage and to an adjacent garage at 2709 Alexander.

The fire destroyed the first garage and did minor to moderate damage to the other garage and the house.

A man who lived in the house was displaced at least overnight because of thick smoke that had gathered inside the home.

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