Multiple fire departments responded to an elm mott fire this afternoon, a trailer and a duplex were burned, but no reported injuries.
Firefighters don’t know what exactly caused the fire but they do know the fire started in the trailer then spread to a the duplex behind it.
At 10:30 this morning when the Elm Mott volunteer department received a call about a structure fire in the 100 block of South Waco street.
“upon arriving here we noticed heavy black smoke, we did page out initially Lacy Lakeview and Ross fire for mutual aid,” says Assistant Chief for Elm Mott Fire Jerry Price.
They called in five other surrounding fire departments to help battle the blaze.
“At the time of getting to the scene which was about 5 minutes later this structure here was half engulfed pretty much.”
Price says the fire initially started in the trailer — which is considered a total loss.
“Due to the winds coming out of the south today it spread to the secondary structure which is a duplex right behind it.”
Sources say a family was in the duplex at the time of the fire but escaped with no injuries.
With today’s wind gusts around 40-45mph — perry says fires can easily spread.
“High winds during the day you know 15-25mph I wouldn’t recommend any outdoor burning if so small maybe in a barrel, but I still don’t advise because you do get ash and hot articles you know blown away during that time,” explains Price.
The Church of Christ, 301 Old Dallas Road, Elm Mott, TX is be collecting donations for the families that were affected by the fire. Catrice and Eric Smith have two daughters who will need clothes, (size 6 and 8 and shoe sizes 12 and 2) as well as household items. The other family is out of town, but when we know details for donations for them we will let you know.
—— ORIGINAL STORY —–
Several fire departments are working on a fire in Elm Mott this morning. The location is 102 S. Waco Street. The first alarm came around 10:30am.
Waco FD tweeted out that is is assisting other agencies on a fire that involves three trailers.
That means that it would be best to avoid the area while firefighters work.
We have a crew on the scene and will bring you more information as it becomes available.