Saturday home fire kills chihuahua

A man has been displaced and his dog killed after a Saturday afternoon fire at his residence near Mesa Circle and Teckla Boulevard.

 

“He said he hadn’t been gone 10 minutes,” said Amarillo Fire Department Capt. Larry Davis.

AFD firefighters received the call at 2:58 p.m., arriving four minutes later to see obvious signs of a blaze.

“The area of origin was in this front room,” Davis said. “We had heavy smoke blowing out of the picture window — the heat had already broken the glass.”

Six units and 18 firefighters responded. Crews made a transitional attack, meaning they fought the fire from outside before they entered the home.

The fire was brought under control in 17 minutes. The only occupant of the home at the time, the homeowner’s chihuahua, did not survive.

Representatives from the Red Cross arrived on scene to help the homeowner with emergency resources since the home is uninhabitable.

“At least half of the house was damaged by fire, and the entire house has pretty significant smoke damage,” Davis said.

The fire marshal ruled the cause of the blaze as undetermined, but narrowed the source to a space heater that was left on or a lamp. Damages are estimated at $60,000.

More