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Posted: Friday, June 21, 2013 4:30 am

A fire Thursday afternoon in southwest Killeen heavily damaged a home on Burk Drive when it spread to the attic.

Killeen Battalion Capt. Joel Secrist said the home is likely be salvageable, but the structure suffered widespread smoke damage. No injuries were reported.

The fire department was called out at 2:49 p.m. after a resident spotted smoke coming from the home’s metal roof while he was in the backyard.

Firefighters arrived in the secluded neighborhood off Reese Creek Road, made entry to the home and started fighting the fire. Secrist said it appears to have started in a bedroom.

Once they realized the fire spread to the attic, firefighers moved valuable items on top of a bed, threw a tarp on top of it and ripped down the ceiling, Secrist said. The fire smoldered in the attic for about an hour before it was extinguished.

The Red Cross was on the scene to assist the two residents, who will likely be temporarily displaced from the home until repairs are made. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The Killeen Fire Department and the Southwest Bell County Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fire.

 

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