2 Tyler homes damaged in early morning fires

Released by the Tyler Fire Department:

TYLER, TX - Tyler Fire Department responded to two structure fires early Thursday morning. Both of them were two alarm fires.

The first fire was at 1511 Summit Ave. around 1:30 a.m. The fire started out as a vehicle fire, but quickly spread to the house. A fast attack saved the house from extensive damage.

There were no injuries. The vehicle fire cause is undetermined.

The second fire occurred at 509 E. Charnwood St. at 6:18 a.m. The house was built in 1916. The fire caused heavy damage to the house.

Red Cross was notified for the family, including six children between 1 and 20. There were several animals rescued from the fire, however one dog was lost.

The burn patterns indicate the space heater caught the wall on fire and spread to the attic.