Crews battle massive fire visible from I-10


POSTED: Friday, April 26, 2013 - 11:42am

UPDATED: Saturday, April 27, 2013 - 2:14pm

A vacant home went up in flames in Central El Paso Friday afternoon and also damaged two homes nearby.

The smoke on San Diego and Louisian could be seen from I-10. Fire officials said the home was abandoned and is now considered to be a total loss.

The fire damaged the outside of a home next door and also shattered some of its windows because of the excessive heat. Damages to that home were estimated at $10,000.

The elderly woman does not have insurance and will be staying with her sons until repairs are made. 

The neighboring home to the right also saw broken windows and a damaged shrub. Firefighters say they were worried those other homes might also catch fire.

An official from the city's Building Ppermits and Inspection Office said the home where the fire started is unstable and did not allow firefighters to enter the structure for their own safety. 
Fire investigators were not able to conduct an investigation to find the cause of the fire.

The house is now considered condemned by BP&I and will begin the condemnation process on Monday, April 29.


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