Two alarm fire leaves seven homeless, dog dies


The investigation continues into the cause of a Friday night two-alarm fire that left seven people homeless and one dog dead.

Waco firefighters saw flames coming from several upstairs windows of the two-story house when they arrived at 401 North 16th Street about 10 p.m. Friday.

Because of high heat and heavy fire conditions, those first arriving immediately called for a second alarm for additional help.

A steep roof made fighting the fire particularly difficult.

A search confirmed that all occupants were out safely, but a dog was found dead in a closet of the room where the fire is believed to have started.

The fire gutted two upstairs bedrooms and a bathroom with two adjacent rooms and walls of a staircase also heavily damaged.

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