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UT frat house attic catches fire

Posted on December 10th, 2010 No Comments

This past Tuesday morning, the attic of a UT fraternity house caught fire.  Investigators believe faulty heating equipment caused the blaze.

Firefighters responded to calls about the fire at around 4:20 A.M. at the Delta Epsilon Psi house in the West Campus neighborhood.  Only one resident was unable to evacuate before firefighters arrived.  The one resident was taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge for possible smoke inhalation injury.

Firefighters said that the fire was contained to the attic’s insulation.  No estimates have been made yet concerning damage to the frat house.

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Old Del Valle school building catches fire

Posted on December 2nd, 2010 No Comments

Last month, an old Del Valle Independent School District annex caught fire.  The building is located in a field off FM 973 and Texas 71.

Austin firefighters received a call around 4:50 P.M. on Monday, November 20th that the building was in flames.  Firefighters were able to control the blaze in just under an hour.  Fire officials were unsure of what caused the fire but will continue investigations.  FM 973 was shut down for about an hour while Austin firefighters worked to stop the fire, causing significant traffic delays for drivers near the airport.

Battalion chief Thayer Smith stated, “It looked impressive for a few minutes just because there was a lot of smoke.  But we knocked it down quickly and it was confined to one end of the building”.

It is important to keep fire sprinkler systems in large commercial or institutional buildings in good condition.  Contact the Austin fire sprinkler inspection specialists of Ace Fire Equipment at 512-835-2020 today to learn more.


North Austin apartment complex catches fire, 43 displaced

Posted on November 10th, 2010 No Comments

Last Thursday evening, the Silvervale Aparments located in North Austin caught fire.  Investigations determined that a cigarette that was not properly put out caused the blaze.

Firefighters arrived at the apartments around 5 P.M. on Thursday to see 22 out of the apartment’s 24 units occupied.  Rescuers helped the apartment’s occupants out to safety and no injuries were reported from the fire.  3 of the complex’s units were severely damaged from the fire and 11 others were damaged from smoke and water damage caused by the fire.

Experts estimate damages to the apartment complex around $200,000 and $30,000 in content damage.  34 adults and 9 children were left homeless after the fire.

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Tyler apartment complex catches fire

Posted on October 7th, 2010 No Comments

The Tyler Fire Department responded to 9-1-1 calls yesterday evening around 7:30 PM after a fire broke out at the Hudson Apartments on Shiloh Road in Tyler.  Eight families were displaced by the fire and in the care of the Red Cross.

The fire swept through four upstairs units of the apartment complex.  When firefighters arrived at the scene the entire complex was engulfed in flames and could be seen for miles.

Tyler Fire Marshal Paul Findley stated, “To arrive on the scene and have that large of a fire, they did an excellent job of stopping it and containing it”.  In addition, he reported that there were smoke detectors in the complex and reminded people that it is important to have them serviced.

If you or your business are looking at installing a commercial fire suppression system, contact the Austin commercial fire suppression system experts of Ace Fire Equipment at 512-835-2020 to learn more.


Garage catches fire in North Austin

Posted on August 12th, 2010 No Comments

The garage at a home in North Austin caught fire on Monday around 5 PM.  Investigators believe that the fire was caused by a vehicle in the garage.

Austin firefighters arrived at the home on Little Emily Way, near Parmer and Yager lanes, and the garage was completely engulfed in flames and spreading toward the house.  The firefighters were able to quickly put out the fire and prevent it from destroying the house.  However, the home did suffer some damage in the fire.

Fortunately, everybody at the house was able to get out safely and without injuries.

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Midland Home Destroyed by Fire

Posted on August 3rd, 2010 No Comments

A home in Midland, Texas was destroyed by fire Tuesday morning.

According to officials with the Midland Fire Department, crews responded to the 4900 block of Rustic Trail shortly after 3:00 a.m. Tuesday. Investigators say the blaze possibly started in a roll-off dumpster in front of the house, which was under construction.

Witnesses in the neighborhood reported hearing a large “boom” sound before the fire.

Crews on the scene said the fire was so hot, they were forced to soak a neighboring home and two fire trucks being used to battle the blaze to protect them from heat damage.

Thankfully, nobody was injured in the blaze.

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Motorized Wheelchair Suspected in Corpus Christi Fire

Posted on July 30th, 2010 No Comments

A motorized wheelchair may have been the cause of a house fire in Corpus Christi that displaced a family of four earlier this month.

According to officials with the Corpus Christi Fire Department, the fire occurred on July 19 after a motorized wheelchair began making popping noises. The fire spread through out the living room of the house. Two adults and two teens were able to make it out of the home safely.

Motorized wheelchair fires are not uncommon. In 2000, Invacare Corp. issued a massive recall of motorized wheelchairs because of fires caused by a short-circuit of the chairs battery-charger wiring harness. The recall involved 215,000 motorized wheelchairs.

The manufacturer of the motorized wheelchair involved in the Corpus Christi fire has not been named.

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Tire Shop Fire in Dalhart

Posted on July 22nd, 2010 No Comments

Firefighters battled a fire at a tire shop in Dalhart Monday night.

According to officials with the Dalhart Fire Department, the Dalhart Consumers Fuel Association on Highway 287 caught fire shortly after 7:30. When firefighters arrived at the scene the tire shop was engulfed in flames and smoke. The office received heavy smoke damage.

The fire appeared to be under control by Tuesday morning, but the Dalhart Fire Department is still monitoring the site. A dollar amount of the damage caused is not yet known.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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ATF Probes Fatal Fire in Texas

Posted on July 9th, 2010 No Comments

The United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is investigating a Texas fire that killed a firefighter Saturday.

According to officials with the Wharton Fire Department, Captain Thomas Araguz III and two firefighters ran into a blaze at Maxim Egg Farm in Boling, Texas. The group, including the 30 year-old Araguz, became trapped after about 10 minutes inside the building.

“The heat and the fire really did rapidly intensify,” Deputy State Fire Marshal Jay Evans said. “It was at this time two firefighters made an escape.”

It took nine hours and more than thirty different fire departments to subdue the flames. Araguz’s body was found shortly after 7:00 a.m. Sunday.

A team of twenty-four ATF agents and specialists are investigating the cause of the fire.

“ATF is investigating this tragic fire with the Wharton County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office. We will work together in partnership to determine the origin and cause of this fatal fire,” said ATF Special Agent Dewey Webb.

East Texas Man Saves Woman From Fire

Posted on July 2nd, 2010 No Comments

A man in East Texas saved a woman from a burning mobile home Monday.

According to officials with the Cherokee County Fire Department, Ricky Wilburn saved a woman from a mobile home fire that occurred along County Road 1616 outside of Jacksonville shortly after 11:00 a.m. Monday. A woman was asleep in her trailer when the fire started, and woke to find flames at her bedroom door.

“She was hollering for somebody to help her,” said Wilburn. “The fire was done down to this door and I tried to open it and it was nailed shut.” Wilburn says he broke out his window and ripped off the screen yelling for the trapped woman to come towards him.

“I just reached in there, I felt her arms and I just jerked her through the window,” Wilburn said. “That’s all I knew to do because the fire got to her bedroom… She was as black as your britches when she got out. I mean that smoke was like burning tires.”

The woman was transported to a local hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation and is expected to make a full recovery.

For information on how to protect your home, business, or other property from the risk of fire, contact the Austin fire prevention services professionals of Ace Fire Equipment today at 512-835-2020.