El Paso County Fire was called to 3681 La Cuesta Drive this afternoon with a report of a house engulfed in flames and thick black smoke.
The fire started in the engine of a car in the home's garage. It used to be a red 1992 Lincoln Towncar but is now completely unrecognizable. The owner of the home, a 54 year old man, was alone inside at the time of the fire and called the fire department after he was alerted by his smoke detector.
The homeowner was not injured. Thirty-six firefighters responded to the call and knocked the fire down within 15 minutes. the house has suffered $50,000 in damages and is currently uninhabitable. the owner of the home and his wife have been displaced and will be staying with family members.
This weekend is the end of daylight savings during which El Pasoans will "fall back one hour" by adjusting their clocks to Standard Time. The El Paso Fire Department encourages residents to install new batteries in their smoke detectors and test them because the detectors can be livesavers during deadly blazes.