Fire displaces two sets of tenants

Two cats die in blaze that affects three units

A fire that originated near a water heater in a triplex has displaced three families. Although no tenants were injured, two cats died.

The fire was reported Wednesday at 7:45 a.m. and Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department firefighters were dispatched to the 600 block of Cargile Street. The apartment where the fire ignited sustained smoke and water damage.

“The apartment next to it got a little damage, the third one is livable, but they all share the same wiring in the attic…,” said firefighter Jimmy Joe Howard, noting that the cause of the fire is under investigation by city fire marshal Juan Hernandez.

According to Betty Fitzgerald with American Red Cross, a family of four resided in the space where the fire broke out, while an elderly man resided in the middle apartment.

The fire department was not sure of the status of the third apartment as no one was home while firefighters were present. Management could not be reached at either phone number listed on the posted “for rent” sign.

Red Cross paid for the family and elderly man to stay in a hotel for a couple of nights and money was distributed for food and clothing. Firefighters were back at the station at 9:10 a.m.

KRUBIO@ulnnow.com, 278-3335



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