Temple house fire displaces two

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Temple firefighters responded to a reported fire in the 900 block of South 16th Street on Tuesday evening. 

Firefighters arrived and saw light smoke coming from the house.

The blaze was quickly extinguished. The home received fire, smoke and heat damage. Dollar loss to the building and contents is estimated at $10,500 and is considered a total loss.

Fire investigators say the blaze started in a front room, with the cause listed as undetermined. It has been ruled as unintentional. Two adults with no injuries were displaced. Both occupants were not in the home when the fire occurred. 

The American Red Cross is working with the occupants to provide for their immediate needs. 

The residence did not have a working smoke alarm. According to the National Fire Protection Association, three out of five of home fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms. 

Temple Fire and Rescue says in order to keep your family safe:

  • Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home. 
  • Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to prevent nuisance alarms. They should be at least ten feet from the stove.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
  • Clean alarms according to manufacturers’ instructions.
  • Smoke alarms with non-replaceable ten-year batteries are designed to remain effective for up to ten years. If the alarm chirps, warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke alarm right away.
  • Smoke alarms with any other type of battery need a new battery at least once a year. If the alarm chirps, warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are ten years old.
  • When replacing an alarm, consider purchasing a dual sensor alarm which have sensors to detect flaming fires (ionization alarm), and smoldering fires (photoelectric alarm).
  • Remember to replace batteries in your weather band radio and flashlights.
  • If you have a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm, remember to test it.  A CO alarm will alert you to the presence of the deadly, colorless, odorless, poisonous gas.
  • Develop an escape plan with two ways out of each room and designate a meeting place.
  • Practice a fire drill at least twice a year so that everyone knows what to do when the smoke alarm sounds.

Temple Police and Temple EMS responded. The fire department responded with 11 units and 27 personnel. The call was dispatched at 4:44 p.m. and the first unit arrived at 4:46 p.m. Under control was given at 4:59 p.m. The last unit cleared the scene at 5:41 p.m.    

Source: Temple Fire and Rescue

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