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Shed that had been converted into makeshift residence considered a total loss after early morning fire

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Posted at 3:37 PM, Jan 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-05 17:11:31-05

TEMPLE, TX — A shed that had been converted into a makeshift residence is now a total loss after an early morning fire in Temple Tuesday.

Around 6:45 a.m., Temple Fire & Rescue responded to reports of a structure fire in the 1400 block of East Adams Avenue.

First arriving crews discovered heavy smoke and flames coming from an outbuilding towards the back of the property.

Upon further investigation, firefighters found that the shed had been converted into a makeshift residence.

Crews quickly extinguished the flames, but the structure was a total loss.

Temple Fire & Rescue says there was one occupant inside at the time of the fire, but they were able to escape without injury.

Seven fire fighting apparatus and 20 personnel responded to the scene. Also on scene were the Temple Police Department and Temple EMS.

The cause of the fire has been ruled undetermined, but it was noted that a makeshift wood-stove from a 55 gallon drum was found in the area of origin.

The department is warning the community to keep a three-feet clear area around any and all heating systems to limit heat exposure to belongings that may ignite easily.