Early-morning Tyler house fire under investigation
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -
The Tyler Fire Department is investigating the cause of a fire that gutted a Tyler home early Tuesday.
The fire is believed to have started around 1 a.m. in a small frame house in the 1700 block of West 24th street.
Neighbors across the street saw flames coming from the structure and called 911, according to the Tyler Fire Marshal's office.
Firefighters made two searches of the structure, but found no one inside. Neighbors told fire crews the occupant left the home between 11 and 11:30 Monday night.
Authorities say they fight more fires during the winter months and ask residents to be cautious.
"We would like to point out that the winter is a big increase in structure fires, oftentimes caused by heating equipment," said Assistant Fire Marshal Tony Gumber of the Tyler Fire Department. "Sometimes people trying to heat their homes using stoves or things that weren't designed to heat homes, so we just ask people to try to be careful during the winter months and hopefully they can have safe holidays."
Three engines and one ladder responded to the single-alarm blaze.