Large house fire reported on Leo Street in Northeast El Paso
A massive fire broke out at a duplex in Northeast El Paso on Monday night.
It happened just before 8 p.m. on the 8900 block of Leo Street off Moonlight Avenue.
The El Paso Fire Department tweeted that most of the fire had been put out around 8:30 p.m. but crews remained on the scene for several hours checking for hot spots.
Carlos Briano, spokesman for the El Paso Fire Department, said two adults and six minors were treated on the scene. A 21-year-old woman was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
Briano said 16 units 39 firefighters responded to the scene. About 50 percent of the duplex was damaged in the fire. The cost of the damage is estimated to be $130,000, according to Briano.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Alejandro Martinez said his niece lives at the home.
“From what my niece was able to tell me is that she heard some kind of explosion. Luckily, one of the neighbors heard the same thing, saw the smoke, saw the fire and was able to come knocking on her door,” Martinez said.
Witnesses at the scene said the flames were about 30 feet high.
The Red Cross will be assisting the people displaced from their home, Briano said.
We have a crew at the scene and will update this article as more information becomes available.