Fires in former local church building, house under investigation

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TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) Investigators in Temple are looking for the causes of two weekend fires, one of which damaged a home and the second of which damaged a building that used to house a local church.

The fire was burning in a front room of the house and was quickly extinguished, officials said, and damage was confined to the room and a front hallway. (Temple Fire & Rescue photo)

The house fire was reported just after 10 a.m. Sunday at 900 Duval Court in Temple.

Smoke and flames were coming from the one-story house when the first crews arrived.

The fire was burning in a front room and was quickly extinguished, officials said, and damage was confined to the room and a front hallway.

No one was hurt.

“Occupants of the home were observed removing items from the structure on the department’s arrival but left the scene prior to fire extinguishment,” Temple Fire Chief Mitch Randles said in a press release Monday.

The second fire was reported just after 6 p.m. Sunday at 1102 South Main St. in a single-story building that used to be a church, but that now is being used for storage.

Two pieces of construction equipment stored in the building were found burning in the large central room of the building.

Fire damage was limited to the equipment.

The rest of the building sustained moderate smoke damage.

The building was unoccupied at the time of the fire.

No one was hurt.