Update: Cause of South Central fire undetermined due to severe damage


A total of 13 units and 32 personnel from the El Paso Fire Department responded to a fire in South Central El Paso on the 5400 block of Rosa Avenue after 12:30 a.m. Monday.

When crews arrived, they found flames and smoke coming from the front of a single-story home, where no one was home at the time.

The fire began in one of the bedrooms and affected about 40 percent of the building. The El Paso Fire Department cannot determine the cause of the fire due to the damage to the bedroom, but estimates the building suffered $40,000 worth of damage.

There were no injuries, but the El Paso Fire Department would like to remind the public that in less than 30 seconds, a small flame can become uncontrollable and fill a home with poisonous smoke. In just a few minutes, a home can be swallowed by flames. Functioning smoke alarms can save residents’ lives.

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