Abilene Fire Department responds to two structure fires over weekend

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - The Abilene Fire Department responded to two structure fires this weekend just before the New Year. 

At approximately 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, Dec 30, a single-family residence on the 400 block of Victoria St. caught fire. The fire department arrived and quickly extinguished the fire leaving minor damage.

Upon investigation, it was found that the fire was a result of an overloaded extension cord that was being used to power an electric space heater.  The occupants of the residence were at home at this time, but did not suffer any injuries. 

The fire damage is estimated at $1,000.

On Sunday, Dec. 31, the fire department responded to another structure fire, this one located on the 7000 block of Ruby Esther Circle, at approximately 7:30 a.m. The icy road conditions delayed the response time of the fire crews.

When the crew arrived to the single-family residence, smoke and flames were coming from the attic space and roof.  Before the fire could be fully extinguished, part of the roof collapsed.

There were six occupants at the home, but none suffered any injuries. Investigators and statements from the occupants found the cause of the fire to be accidental due to an improperly placed and unattended incense burner. 

Due to the significant damage the structure suffered, it is considered a total loss at this time, according to the press release. 

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