Backyard Fire: Cause 'Undetermined' After Follow-Up Investigation


SAN ANGELO, TX — A fire in a backyard could have been much worse. San Angelo Fire Department (SAFD) Battalion Chief Jay Neely said Engine 4 arrived just in time to the single family home in the 800 block of McDevitt St. at approximately 10:30 p.m.

The fire started in the backyard, spread to a couple of sheds, and flames were pouncing on the back wall of the house. The heat and flames had melted the exterior siding on the back of the house before firefighters arrived.

“They did a great job of knocking it down fast,” Neely said.

Neely said the house was occupied by a family when the fire blossomed. The daughter alerted her mom when she noticed the blinds melting on the inside of the living area.

With that, the family evacuated the house quickly. No one was injured.

The location of the fire:

Out back, the fence burned down, and a power transmission pole burned. Power was disrupted to the area while the power company, AEP, worked to restore power.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. “It could have been much worse had the fire gotten into the attic,” Neely said. Engines 3, 4 and Ladder 1 fought the blaze.

UPDATE: 4:45 p.m. 

Arson Investigator with the SAFD , Joanna Jackson, said the cause of the fire was "undetermined" after the members of the Fire Marshals office went back to do an investigation during daylight.

" [It's] officially going to end up being undetermined," Jackson explained. She added that without any further information they will not be able to determine the cause of the fire. 

" I went with a couple more people form the office, and we all agreed on an area," Jackson said. "Its just not enough to determine what caused [the fire]." 


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