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Temple firefighters put out two Tuesday fires

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TEMPLE, TX (KXXV) - Temple firefighters were able to put out two building fires that started within 12 hours of each other on Tuesday.

Temple Fire Department first got a call at 12:40 p.m. about a fire at Carmel Village Apartments, at 3311 Southwest HK Dodgen Loop. When fire crews got there, they found smoke coming from an apartment that was undergoing renovations. The fire was inside a kitchen wall and was quickly put out.

The damage was limited to the kitchen, and caused an estimated $1,000 in damages. No injuries were reported. The fire started after workers used a torch to make plumbing repairs about an hour earlier.

The second fire call came in just before 10:15 p.m., from a report of smoke in the area of S. 49th St. and West Ave. A fire crew went out to investigate the smoke report and found heavy smoke billowing from the roof vents of a home in the 2000 block of South 49th St.

Firefighters knocked on the door and found an elderly woman who was unaware that her attic was on fire. They helped her get out of the home and started fighting the fire. She was taken by Scott & White EMS for assessment.

The attic, kitchen and den received extensive fire damage, and the rest of the home had smoke and heat exposure. The fire caused an estimated $50,000 in damages. Firefighters say a shorted electric wire in the attic caused the fire. The fire was under control at 10:53 p.m. and the last fire unit left just before 12:30 a.m.
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