house fire

Firefighters with the Robinson Volunteer Fire Department work a house fire at 201 Lux Drive on Monday afternoon.

Staff photo — Rod Aydelotte

A mother and her teenage son escaped a house fire that killed two family dogs and a cat late Monday morning, Robinson Volunteer Fire Deputy Chief Mike Puig said.

Robinson Volunteer Fire Department crews were called to 201 Lux Drive shortly before noon after a passerby saw heavy smoke and flames coming from the roof of the home, Puig said. A mother and her teenage son were in a back bedroom when the mother noticed the smoke.

"The occupants were in a bedroom down at the other end of the house and (the mother) came out to get something out the kitchen," Puig said. "When she opened the door, there was smoke all the way from this end of the house down and she was able to get herself and her son out."

Fire crews were already at the house when the woman and her son got out of the home. Neighbor Douglas Smith said he heard fire trucks nearby, but never imagined his neighbors' house would catch fire.

"I was inside the house drinking coffee and playing with my little girl dogs and I heard the sirens, but I thought they went down (Highway) 77," Smith said. "I kept hearing a truck running, so I looked through the window, saw all these fire trucks and went out on the front porch and saw smoke pouring out of the house.

"I had a thing like this happen at my house in 1988 when I lived in Waco and my house caught on fire. This is a terrible thing to happen."

Firefighters worked for more than an hour to completely extinguish the fire. Puig said two dogs and one cat were killed in the fire.

Waco Fire Department personnel and Beverly Hills police also arrived to assist fire officials. The cause of the fire remained under investigation Monday afternoon.

Puig said preliminary investigation revealed that the fire started toward the house's garage.

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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