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2 fires damage vacant houses in Waco

2 fires damage vacant houses in Waco

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Waco firefighters battled two blazes in vacant residences early Sunday morning, including an attic fire that caused serious concern about a possible collapse.

No one was injured in either fire, acting Assistant Fire Chief Shon Cavett said.

A call came in to the first and apparently smaller fire at 806 S. Seventh St. at 6 a.m.

Cavett said the first unit on the scene at 6:03 a.m. found flames and smoke on the front porch and small fires in some of the rooms of the small, single-family frame house. Firefighters left the scene at 6:49 a.m. after extinguishing the fires and finding no occupants.

The alarm to the second blaze at 2703 Columbus Ave. came in at 6:47 a.m. Cavett said it destroyed the attic above two stories.

The usual four engines, a ladder truck and a command vehicle were initially dispatched, but the assistant chief called for more units because of concern the floor of the attic would collapse into the second story. But the attic floor was built well enough that it held, Cavett said.

Seven engines, a truck, a command vehicle and fire marshal’s investigators were on the scene before the last units left about 9:30 a.m.

Cavett said it was undetermined late Sunday whether the fire started inside or outside the residence.

Causes of both blazes remained under investigation.

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