By George De La Torre
At approximately 8:20 a.m. on Monday, firefighters were dispatched to a house fire at 1436 Francesca Drive in El Paso, Texas. Upon arrival, firefighters saw smoke and flames coming from the front of a two-story home.
Two adult occupants were inside the home at the time of the fire and safely self-evacuated. Firefighters placed the fire under control in less than 15 minutes and contained the fire to the attic space above an addition on the second floor.
A fire investigator determined the cause of the fire was accidental and started in the attic space. The addition was constructed too close to the chimney flue which caused the wood beams in the attic to ignite. Damages are estimated at $10,000. No injuries were reported.
Approximately seven fire units and 19 firefighters responded to this incident.