Fire destroys 1 home, 2 other buildings in SE Amarillo


Early Wednesday afternoon, a fire broke out in a two story structure in the 3100 block of South Apache Street. The fire quickly spread to another building and nearby home.

Amarillo Fire Department crews responded to a possible structure fire in the 32nd and Grand area at about 12:15 p.m. Initial units found a fully involved two-story outbuilding behind a residence at 3113 S. Apache. The fire had already extended into the main residence and an adjacent detached garage behind 3112 S. Grand.

Firefighters quickly began attempting to extinguish the blaze and limit spread to nearby homes and exposures.

The first arriving crew received reports indicating an occupant may have been trapped in one of the homes. Firefighters were able to remove an occupant from the home located at 3111 S. Apache. The occupant was evaluated on scene and did not sustain any injuries.

Due to the size of the fire and the number of structures involved, the incident was upgraded to a second alarm and eventually a third alarm, bringing the total number of units on scene to 12.

Despite a heavy volume of fire, crews were able to prevent exposure of fire to any additional homes.

The fire was called under control at about 3:40 p.m., however, crews remained on scene throughout the night.

Damage to the three structures was estimated at $40,000.

The Amarillo Fire Marshal's Office was unable to investigate until Thursday morning. Once a cause is determined, it will be released.

AFD received reports that several pets were lost in the fire but were unable to confirm the information.

Despite the significant loss of property, due to the efforts of AFD and other assisting agencies, there were no injuries or additional homes lost in the fire.

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