Waco: Vacant home destroyed by fire

Published: Apr. 22, 2016 at 4:44 AM CDT
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A vacant house went up in flames Friday morning in North Waco, but no one was injured in the blaze.

Firefighters were sent at about 3 a.m. Friday to a house in the 500 block of North 16th after a caller reported seeing smoke and flames coming from a single-story frame home.

When firefighters arrived they made a quick attack on the flames but could not save the structure.

The house had been vacant for about a month when a family who had lived there for almost two years moved away, a neighbor said.

A neighboring home suffered damage when a window burst due to heat, but it did not sustain any fire damage.

The family of six that lived in that home, including five adults and one teenager, left the residence, but were allowed to re-enter after the fire was knocked down.

Assistant Waco Fire Chief Patrick Kerwin said firefighters believe gas and electrical service both were on at the house but a cause for the blaze had not been established.

A fire marshal was sent to the scene to investigate the cause.

Streets around the burning home were closed for a time until firefighters got control of the fire but had re-opened by about 4:30 a.m., Kerwin said.

No one was injured as a result of the fire.