Athens Review, Athens, Texas

June 18, 2013

Athens house burned

Heavy damageto Cayuga Drive residence

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — A Monday afternoon fire inflicted severe damage to a house at 911 W.  Cayuga Dr. in Athens.

No one was injured in the blaze that started in the back bedroom of the residence. Athens Fire Chief John McQueary said the resident had been staying with her sister and was not at home at the time of the blaze. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

AFD received a call shortly after 4:30 p.m. concerning a fire at 911 Cayuga Dr. AFD responded with the Quint 1 ladder truck from the Central Fire Station and a fire engine from the northside station.

On arrival, McQueary said, firefighters observed heavy smoke coming from the backside roof of the structure.

“As soon as we got on the scene, we had fire blowing from the right rear window where the back bedroom is,” McQueary said.

McQueary said his personnel had the fire under control within 20 minutes. McQueary and the Quint unit remained on the scene until after 7 p.m.

McQueary said Fire Marshal Ronnie Denton was also at the fire scene on Monday. Denton will return to the house on Wednesday to begin his investigation.

The value of the house was about $60,000, McQueary said. Damage, which included the roof, burned-out back bedroom, smoke and heat damage was estimated at about $40,000.