The Waco Fire Department is still investigating what sparked a fire that damaged part of an apartment building on Christmas Eve this week, displacing 33 tenants.
The 20-unit building is part of The Cove on 21st, an apartment complex located in the 2400 block of 21st Street. Waco Fire Lt. Keith Guillory, spokesperson for the department, said the flames mainly damaged the exterior of the building, but forced residents of 16 units to evacuate because of the smoke, fumes and fire damage.
Now that the flames are long gone, these 16 units are blocked off with metal fencing, duct tape and plywood. The middle of the walkway on the second floor was destroyed. None of these tenants were injured, according to firefighters.
Guillory said a total of 31 firefighters, three chief officers, seven fire engines and three ladder trucks responded to the call. He said the dispatcher received a call about the fire at 11:29 a.m. on Friday and issued a second alarm 15 minutes later. Firefighters helped the tenants evacuate the building and extinguished the fire around 12:17 p.m.
A group of 10 Central Texas Red Cross volunteers answered the call to help those displaced by the fire, according to a tweet from the organization. Guillory said the Red Cross has helped people find temporary accommodation.