TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The Tyler Fire Department and police officers worked in below-freezing temperatures to extinguish a house fire southwest of the downtown area.
First responders received a call before 1:30 a.m. Friday about a building on fire in the 700 block of South Englewood Avenue, a few blocks east of Peach Avenue Park.
Flames were coming out of the roof when firefighters arrived at the scene, according to deputy fire marshal Jay McClung. It took crews about two hours to get the fire under control.
A preliminary investigation showed the fire may have been started by a malfunctioning heating system or an electrical problem in the attic.
No one was home at the time of the fire. No firefighters were injured.
Temperatures Friday morning were in the 20s with a wind chill in the teens. Despite the cold weather, McClung said fire crews are prepared for all conditions.
“This time of year (with) people running their heat will see an increase in some fires. For us, we’re wearing a blanket so it won’t really matter to us."
McClung says this cold blast is an important reminder to use space heaters safely and check all smoke detectors.