Fire investigators are searching for the cause of a fire at a vacant, dilapidated home early Wednesday morning, Waco Assistant Fire Chief Don Yeager said.
An on-duty Waco police officer alerted fire crews about smoke coming from a large, single-story residence in the 1500 block of Herring Avenue at about 1:30 a.m., Yeager said. Shortly after firefighters arrived on scene, they started a defensive attack against heavy fire coming from the home.
“This particular house has a number of issues with it. It was one that we had identified as too hazardous for our personnel to go inside as the roof was dilapidated and had already started to cave in toward the center of the structure,” Yeager said. “We weren’t able to go inside, because it was heavily-involved and due to the fact that it was identified as a dilapidated structure.”
Fire crews remained outside the building, spraying water onto the flames and protecting nearby homes, Yeager said. No injuries were reported, but the home sustained excessive fire damage.
Fire crews cleared the scene at about 4 a.m., Yeager said. The building did not have working utilities connected to the home, and the cause of the fire remained under investigation late Wednesday afternoon.