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Tyler house heavily damaged in early morning fire

Published: Mar. 7, 2016 at 11:27 AM CST|Updated: Mar. 7, 2016 at 4:21 PM CST
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Fire at house on the north side of Tyler on Monday morning. (Source: KLTV staff)
Fire at house on the north side of Tyler on Monday morning. (Source: KLTV staff)
Neighbors reported seeing flames coming from the roof of the house. (Source: KLTV staff)
Neighbors reported seeing flames coming from the roof of the house. (Source: KLTV staff)
Flames shooting from roof of house that caught fire early Monday morning. (Source: Trice Thomas)
Flames shooting from roof of house that caught fire early Monday morning. (Source: Trice Thomas)

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - A Tyler home was heavily damaged in an early morning fire.

The blaze, in the 200 block of E. 25th Street near Gary Avenue, was called in just before 6:20 a.m. Monday after neighbors saw flames shooting out of the roof of the house. Tyler firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze and the Tyler Fire Marshal is now on the scene investigating.

The house was unoccupied at the time of the fire. Sharon Wickware lives next door, and was one of the first to see the fire: "We come out and the house, the roof was in flames and it's such a sad thing."

She added that the house had been vacant for some time, but recalls growing-up in the neighborhood with the family who owns the property.

"We grew up together, we played in this field for years . . . and it's almost like it was my home," Wickware said.

The fire department released a statement later in the day on the incident:

"Tyler firefighters responded to a two-alarm structure fire early Monday morning, 3-7-2016. Crews arrived on scene to find a house fully involved and vented through the roof.  Firefighters worked hard and brought the fire under control in approximately forty minutes. The structure, which sustained heavy damage, was vacant at the time of the fire and no injuries have been reported. The Tyler Fire Marshal's office is currently investigating the origin and cause.  More info will be posted as it becomes available."

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