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3 safe after early morning blaze destroys home

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Posted at 5:48 AM, Feb 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-16 15:09:21-05

MCLENNAN COUNTY — A huge and fast-moving house fire woke up a North Waco neighborhood this morning.

Firefighters arrived quickly but could not save the house.

Waco fire and police responded to a fire at a single story home on the 1500 block of Herring Avenue this morning.

Our reporter on scene said there were at least 3 Waco fire vehicles and 4 Police units in the area - Herring Avenue was blocked off while firefighers put out the blaze.

Miraculously three people survived the house fire at 15th and Herring. Firefighters got the call just after 3 AM and arrived to find the house engulfed in smoke and flames. Two people got out. Another person they found out later, was still in the house.

The owner of the house tells 25 News it apparently started in a recliner on the front porch of the wood-frame home. Another occupant of the house woke him after discovering the fire which he tried to put out, but he says it spread to the wall and into the attic.

Firefighters confirm it apparently started in the front of the home.

As soon as they learned of the possibility of another person in the house, firefighters searched the home and found a 70-year-old man and got him out safely.

Firefighters tell me the fire was a particularly hard one to fight because it spread to the attic of the home so quickly.

By the time they managed to put out the flames, the house appeared to be a total loss.

From there they concentrated on hot spots, to keep the fire from re-igniting and starting up again.

Again, all three residents got out. the 70-year-old man taken to a hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation Sunday morning.

A fire marshal has begun looking into the exact cause of the fire.