Amarillo Fire Department releases details on 3 alarm fire

kfda fire at 32nd and grand

AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) - The cause of a multi-structure fire that happened on Wednesday remains under investigation.

Around 12:15 p.m., Amarillo Fire Department crews responded to the near Southeast 32nd and Apache.

The three-alarm fire had multiple structures involved.

“We had crews arrive on the scene a short time later and found more than one structure involved. We upgraded this incident to a second-alarm fire, which means we get more resources headed this way. We then realized we had three structures involved. It’s since been upgraded to a third alarm structure fire, which means we have somewhere between 11 and 12 units on the scene from AFD," said Captain Kyle Joy, PIO of the Amarillo Fire Department.

Shannon Barton lives in the area and experienced the fire first-hand when her detached shed caught fire.

“My lights start flickering. I hear a big boom, so I look out the kitchen window, the whole electrical pole, and the shed behind me is on fire. So I immediately drop everything. We lose electricity. I start banging on the wall, hollering at the kids ‘get up get up the house is on fire, get the dogs.’ So I got both kids, four dogs, we got them loaded in cars and stood here to watch my garage burn,” said Shannon Barton, a resident in the neighborhood.

Other neighbors believe the house the fire started at, has caught fire before.

“This house has been vacant for at least 25. There’s a lot of transients and people that squat in that barn. They’ve caught it on fire before. Their fence was torn down. Yeah. It was just a disgrace to the city,” said Barton.

One resident was assisted from her home by firefighters, but she did not have any injuries.

No injuries were reported.

Damage to the three structures has been estimated to be around $40,000.

The investigation is ongoing, and a cause of the fire has not been released at this time.

“Once we get a handle on this fire, put the flames out, make it a little safer for them to enter, they’ll go inside and try and determine a cause. A lot of times, it is complicated, so you'll see a lot of incidents where you’re unable to determine a cause or rule other causes out,” said Joy.

If you would like to help one of the families who are in need because of the fires, you can do so by following the link below:

The AFD responded to a reported structure fire in the area of SE 34th and Grand at approximately 12:15 today. The first crew to arrive quickly upgraded the response to a 3rd Alarm when they realized there were multiple structures involved. One occupant was assisted out of her home safely and there were no injuries reported. Crews will remain on scene for several more hours until it is completely extinguished. Good job to everyone on scene and thanks to all the assisting agencies! —- 1st Alarm - 4 Firetrucks & 2 Command Units 2nd Alarm - 2 additional Firetrucks 3rd Alarm - 2 additional Firetrucks plus Command Staff

Posted by Amarillo Fire Department on Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Fire near Southeast 32nd and Apache (Source: KFDA)
Fire near Southeast 32nd and Apache (Source: KFDA) (Source: KFDA)

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