Elm Mott fire destroys home

Elm Mott and Waco fire departments worked together to put out a house fire around 5 p.m. Tuesday in an Elm Mott neighborhood. Officials were uncertain of the cause of the fire. Trey Honeycutt | Lariat Photographer

By Trey Honeycutt, Photographer

At approximately 5 p.m. Tuesday, firefighters responded to a house fire in Elm Mott, located about 15 minutes north of Waco.

The fire was so large the Elm Mott Fire Department requested assistance from the Waco Fire Department to combat the fire. The blaze attracted attention from friends and neighbors, who watched the joint efforts of the two fire departments to put out the fire.

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A local firefighter douses what remains of a house fire that occurred around 5 p.m Tuesday in Elm Mott. The official cause of the fire is still unknown, but the home’s residents speculated it was caused by a recently installed window air conditioning unit.
Trey Honeycutt | Lariat Photographer

One of the home’s residents, Ms. Brown, said her house didn’t stand a chance against the flames.

“The whole thing was gone in about 25 minutes,” Ms. Brown said.

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Emergency vehicles arrived on the scene of an Elm Mott house fire around 5 p.m. Tuesday. Officials from both the Elm Mott and Waco fire departments responded to the blaze which destroyed a home.
Trey Honeycutt | Lariat Photographer

The cause of the fire is still unknown, but Ms. Brown speculates it was caused by a window air-conditioning unit that was recently installed.

“When I left today I smelled something burning, but couldn’t see anything. I just thought that someone was barbecuing” said a second resident.

The building was empty when the incident occurred, leaving its residents unharmed when it went up in flames.