Update: Elderly man dead following Central El Paso fire
POSTED: Sunday, May 11, 2014 - 5:53am
UPDATED: Monday, May 12, 2014 - 9:33am
EL PASO (KTSM) — The El Paso Fire Department is still investigating what caused the early morning fire at a home in the 3800 block of Trowbridge in Central El Paso.
Officials confirmed a man in his 80s died in the fire. The roof of the house collasped and sustained severe damage.
Crews arrived on scene at about 5:30 a.m.
Chris Celaya, Deputy Chief with EPFD said they "found a single story residence heavily involved with smoke and fire." The call was quickly upgraded to "condition 3," meaning more firefighters and equipment was needed.
It took the 20 units about 40 minutes to put out the fire. Officials said the windy conditions were a concern.
"The fire was already in the attic when we arrived due to the wind," Celaya said. Nearby residents were evacuated because of the smoke.
Ronnie Banks is a deacon at Faith Tabernacle near the area and said he saw the fire crews when he drove to church.
"It's unfortunate that this happened but with the older buildings you always have that risk of no fire detectors, and fire extinguishers and so forth," Banks said.
Like some of the homes in the area, the church is also an old building, which is why Banks said it's a priority to take precautions so tragedies like this one can be avoided.
"We have to make sure our fire extinguishers are up to date, exit signs are pretty visible, and there's adequate lighting and parking," Banks said.