South Waco house fire

Waco firefighters extinguish a house fire in the 2700 block of Primrose Drive on Wednesday afternoon.

Staff photo — Jerry Larson

Heavy smoke spread throughout a south Waco neighborhood after a reportedly vacant home caught fire late Wednesday afternoon.

Firefighters went to the 2700 block of Primrose Drive shorty after 4 p.m. after a report that a vacant home was on fire, Assistant Waco Fire Chief Patrick Kerwin said. As the first firefighters arrived, flames and heavy smoke was rising from the single-level home.

"The house was reported vacant, and it was heavily involved when the first unit got on scene," Kerwin said. "Crews said the house was well boarded up."

The home had an utility meter on the outside, but it was unclear if any utilities were working. Firefighters did a preliminary search to look for occupants of the home and did not find anyone inside, Kerwin said.

Firefighters extinguished the majority of the fire within a few minutes. Heavy fire damage was seen in the back portion of the home.

Kerwin said firefighters reported the fire damaged every room.

No injuries were reported. Kerwin said a fire marshal was called to investigate.

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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