One person and one dog are dead following a structure fire at the 1400 block of Northwest 10th Avenue. Amarillo Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at 12:55 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 3.
When AFD arrived on scene they were told someone was inside the burning. They quickly initiated attempts to enter the home, being met by extremely high heat and blinding smoke conditions.
At 1:05 a.m., AFD requested a Second Alarm response. A total of eight AFD units, 26 personnel, responded to the fire.
Despite the intense heat and smoke conditions, and a partial collapse to the rear of the home, AFD crews were able to enter the structure to search.
Once AFD entered the structure they found the deceased victim. At least two other occupants, including a child, were able to successfully escape the home uninjured.
They were both transported to the hospital for precaution.
According to their report, the victim found inside of the home had assisted them in escaping and attempted to re-enter the home for an unknown reason.
The fire was brought Under Control by 2:00 a.m.
The Amarillo Fire Marshal’s Office was called to the scene. However, due to the partial collapse of the home and extensive damage, the cause of the fire was ruled Undetermined.
The value of the home is listed at $35,000 and is considered to be a total loss.
It is unknown if smoke detectors were present inside of the home.
This is the first fire-related death in Amarillo for 2019, and AFD would like to remind everyone to always ‘Get Out and Stay Out.’ Once you are able to escape from a burning home, remain outside, a safe distance away.
Never attempt to re-enter a burning home, for any reason.