2 firefighters injured, family displaced during Waco house fire

Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 11:23am

Two firefighters are expected to recover after receiving minor injuries while battling a house fire in South Waco Wednesday evening.

According to Assistant Chief Patrick Kerwin of the Waco Fire Department, the fire started around 6:32 p.m. at a home located at 1708 South 18th Street. Three occupants are reported to have been living in the house, however only two were at home when the fire broke out. Kerwin says at this point, it appears the curtains inside a front room of the house caught on fire. One of the occupants attempted to put it out, but when she was unsuccessful, she got her sister and evacuated the house.

Two firefighters were injured in putting out the flames. They received medical evaluation for minor burns to their ears.

At this point, Kerwin says the fire appears to be accidental, but it is still under investigation by the Waco Fire Marshall’s Office. It’s unclear whether the home is a total loss, but Kerwin says two rooms received smoke, water, and fire damage. The rest of the home suffered smoke damage.

The American Red Cross is assisting the family.

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