ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – The Abilene Fire Department (AFD) responded to reports of large flames in South Abilene Friday afternoon.
Right around 1:00 p.m. Friday, AFD responded to vehicles and trash on fire behind a house in the 800 block of Elm Street.
Large plumes of smoke were visible from miles away.
In a press release Friday evening, AFD said firefighters were able to stop the fire from spreading to other structures, but an occupied shed was fully involved in flames. However, the occupant was able to evacuate in time.
“The shed is a complete loss. The investigation found that an improperly extinguished cigarette was the cause of the fire. This fire is determined to be accidental,” AFD’s release read.
The homeowner and a neighbor told KTAB/KRBC this is not new to them. They said the homeowner’s family member purportedly has set fires in the backyard several times, and have even called 9-1-1 before.
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