The day after Christmas, an apartment fire displaced two Waco families from their homes.

The Waco Fire Department extinguished the fire at the Ashton Oaks Apartments in less than 10 minutes on Tuesday evening, Waco Fire Capt. Brooks Tucker said. The fire department was called shortly before 5 p.m. to a second-story apartment where heavy smoke and flames poured out of the building in the 5100 block of Hawthorne Drive, Tucker said.

There are several multi-unit buildings in close proximity at the complex.

The unit that burned was uninhabitable afterward because of fire damage, and the unit below became uninhabitable because of water damage, he said. Apartment management found two vacant units in the same complex and had relocated the families Tuesday evening, Tucker said.

The American Red Cross was also on hand to help supply both families with food, clothing and other necessities, he said.

“Whatever help we can give them before we leave we will do,” Tucker said.

Cassie L. Smith has covered county government for the Tribune-Herald since June 2014. She previously worked as a reporter for the Beaumont Enterprise and The Eagle in Bryan-College Station. Smith graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington.

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