Damage to West El Paso condo fire too extensive to determine cause
Damages estimated at $115,000, unit is considered a total loss
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — A large fire ripped through a West El Paso quadruplex Sunday night, leaving a young family without a place to live.
The fire started shortly after 8:30 p.m. Sunday in the 400 block of Resler near Escondido.
According to the El Paso Fire Department, the fire started on the second floor of one of the condo units. The flames quickly spread through a window and reached a second unit.
The second unit was also damaged. Residents in that unit were unable to stay in the home overnight, but will be able to return.
Angel Contreras, a neighbor who lives in one of the four units, was alerted by his wife, then neighbors, to get out of the house.
"The fire was blowing out big. It was blowing real hard like the house was going to explode," Contreras said.
A woman, her husband and their 10-month-old baby live in the unit, but they were not home when the fire started. The woman arrived at the condo and saw the flames and asked neighbors to call 911.
The family dog was in the backyard, but neighbors were able to rescue it.
The fire to the first unit was so extensive that fire investigators were unable to determine an exact cause.
Damages are estimated at $115,000.
"The first unit does have damage to the second floors and some damage to the first floors. That unit was not habitable," said Captain Kris Menendez with the El Paso Fire Department.
The family is now staying with relatives.