A fire damaged a home off West Waco Drive on Thursday afternoon and displaced a large family, Waco Fire Department Assistant Chief John Johnston said.

Firefighters were called to the 3900 block of Hubby Avenue shortly after 4:15 p.m. as smoke and flames rose from the back of the home.

"Engine 6 was able to get an attack line on it and they were able to make a quick stop on it," Johnston said. "It took a while, because the fire was in the wall area, and we had to do a lot of digging to find the source."

A construction crew working at the home was fitting copper piping and started the fire during the process, Johnston said. Flames traveled up the wall and toward the back of the home.

Waco police blocked traffic on Waco Drive while firefighters battled the blaze.

Firefighters reported a large family was displaced from the home because of fire, smoke and water damage. Officials said there are as many as eight members of the family, though they were unsure of the exact number of children.

Johnston said the family has insurance and will be contacting their agent to start repairs. No injuries were reported in the fire.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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