A house fire early Thursday morning off Speegleville Road in Waco caused several hundred thousand dollars in damage, but residents were able to get out safely after smoke detectors woke them, Waco Fire Marshal Kevin Vranich said.

The smoke and alarms woke the family shortly after midnight, and the attic of the home, at 11400 Maple Shade Drive, was engulfed when firefighters arrived, Vranich said. Several fire crews helped battle the fire. It damaged the entire structure, with significant damage to the attic and several rooms, he said.

“There was damage to the entire structure, with heavy smoke and water damage,” Vranich said. “We had two minor firefighter injuries. The homeowners were home at the time of the fire, but they were able to get out safely.”

The cause of the fire remained under investigation Thursday afternoon, but after preliminary investigation, the cause appears accidental, he said. Initial fire reports estimate losses for the home at about $500,000, plus another $250,000 for contents.

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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