Amarillo Home Catches Fire for Third Time in a Month
Our first responders do not get enough credit. Each and every day they put their lives on the line to keep the citizens of Amarillo safe, even if that means putting themselves in harm's way.
The Amarillo Fire Department was called out to a home at 401 S. Rusk on Tuesday, February 7th at 6 am. On arrival, they found the home engulfed in flames and moved toward the home next door.
According to AFD, the fir Firefighters pulled attack hose lines and laid one toward the fire and one between the houses to protect the exposure.
The house had burned prior to this and was not structurally sound so the decision was made to go defensive. Fire crews set up the aerial ladder and extinguished the fire from the outside.
The person in the home was able to make it out of the house safely and was checked by Amarillo Medical Services. They refused service.
An Amarillo Police Officer on the scene was helping the elderly neighbor next door get out of their home and to safety in case the fire spread. After helping, he drove himself to the hospital where he was treated for minor smoke inhalation. The officer is currently doing well.
According to the Amarillo Fire Department, this is the third time that AFD has responded to a fire in this home within the last month. The previous two fires were accidental, as the resident was using a makeshift wood-burning stove.
As of this time, the Fire Marshal is still investigating and hasn't released the cause of this fire.
Thankfully, the firefighters, APD, neighbors, and occupants were all OK.