POSTED: Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 8:06am
UPDATED: Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 11:20am
EL PASO - Fire damaged a Northeast El Paso home this morning.
The fire broke out in the 9300 block of Salisbury Drive around 8:30 a.m.
It started in the back of the house and shot up to the attic.
Firefighters went into containment mode sawing off part of the roof and an overhanging tree to keep the flames from spreading.
Fire investigators say the homeowner and his neighbors managed to escape the flames.
"We also evacuated the adjacent property which was exposed to the flames and part of their eaves caught on fire.
Neighbors like Adrian Gomez and Dixi Fischer did not know what to make of the scene.
"I thought something had exploded or something like that. I thought it was at Irvin first when I was driving on Herrera so it was pretty scary."
"My dog started barking and such. I thought she wanted to go for a walk. And I thought, okay let's go. And I came around the corner and this was before firefighters or ambulance arrived. There was an enormous amount of black smoke pouring out of the house and I could actually see the flames shooting out of the roof."
As firefighters kept the flames under control, the Red Cross arrived to take care of the family's immediate needs.