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Austin duplex catches fire, displaces family of 7

Posted on December 15th, 2010 No Comments

Earlier this week, a fire broke out an Austin duplex and left a family of 7 without a home.  Fortunately, the American Red Cross of Central Texas is helping the home’s residents with their living situation.

According to reports, the fire broke out at around 7:30 A.M. on Monday morning at a duplex located at 10304 Brownie Drive.  Austin Fire Department firefighters arrived on scene and discovered that the fire started in a water heater closet and spread to the attic of the building.

Emergency Services Director Jose Dominguez stated, “This is the second fire we have responded to in the last three days.  We urge Central Texans to use caution this holiday season”.

Contact Ace Fire Equipment at 512-835-2020 today to discuss having your home or business’ fire alarms serviced, repaired or inspected.

Victorian home in Fort Worth catches fire

Posted on September 29th, 2010 No Comments

Early last Friday morning, a Victorian home in Fort Worth caught fire.  Firefighters responded to the scene at 2001 Queen St. at around 12:45 AM.  The home’s owners had a couple house-sitting the home but they were not at the home at the time of the fire.  Tarrant County records show that the home was built in 1891 and neighbors told firefighters that the house was moved to its current location 30 years ago from Clarksville.

Firefighters are unsure of what started the fire but believe that the home’s construction helped the fire to spread.  Lt. Ric Neaves told reporters that modern homes’ wall interior have horizontal cross boards that prevent flames from rising.  However, because the home was so old  the walls did not have this feature and flames were able to spread to the top of the house quickly.

Investigators arrived on scene to try and determine the cause of the fire.  Experts estimate the damage to the house to be around $300,000.

If you or someone you know needs their fire alarms inspected, contact the Austin fire alarm inspection specialists of Ace Fire Equipment at 512-835-2020 to learn more.


Fire in South Austin leaves 44 displaced

Posted on September 1st, 2010 No Comments

The Bainbridge Villas on Southridge Drive in South Austin caught fire early Sunday morning around 5:30 AM.  The fire engulfed four units of the complex and left about $840,000 in structural damage.  Eight other units suffered less serious damage from the fire.

Seventy members of Austin’s Fire Department responded to the two-alarm fire to see residents jumping from apartment windows.  Four people were taken to nearby hospitals, some with broken bones from leaping from windows, and one resident was transported to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio for severe burning on her feet.  A total of forty-four people were displaced from their homes because of the fire.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who lost their homes and belongings in the fire.


3-alarm fire destroys home in Oak Hill

Posted on August 17th, 2010 No Comments

An Oak Hill family’s home was destroyed Friday after catching fire.  Oak Hill firefighters arrived at the home just west of Oak Hill after a three-alarm fire was reported.

By the time fire crews arrived at the house, the fire had reached the roof of the 4,000 square foot home.  Winds pushed fire and smoke throughout the house very quickly, making it difficult for firefighters to put out the fire.  Also, low water pressure from the fire hydrants nearby led crews to call for tankers of water.

Fortunately, none of the residents were in the home when the fire started and no one was injured from the fire.  Total damages to the house are estimated to be around $650,000.

Investigators are trying to determine what caused the fire.

If you or someone you know is in need of fire alarm installation, contact the Austin fire alarm installation professionals 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.

If you or someone you know needs their fire alarms inspected, contact the Austin fire alarm inspection professionals of Ace Fire Equipment at 512-835-2020 to learn more.

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.

To protect your property from the risk of fire, trust the Austin fire sprinkler installation professionals of Ace Fire Equipment. Contact us today at 512-835-2020.

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.

Fire sprinkler systems are an important part of any fire prevention system. Sprinklers can quell a fire and stop it from spreading. The Austin fire sprinkler installation professionals of Ace Fire Equipment are here to help. Please call 512-835-2020.

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.