Fire destroys home in Chico

By Reece Waddell | Published Friday, July 27, 2018.
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Three people were rescued from a house fire Friday afternoon in Chico.

The home was located on Weatherford St. across from the Lowe’s Market. Ubaldo Garcia with the Chico Volunteer Fire Department said a mother, infant and toddler were trapped in the house when they arrived.

“When we got here the house was partially engulfed,” Garcia said. “We tried to make access in the back, and the mother finally located us. We tore the air conditioning unit down and got them out.”

Wise County Emergency Management Coordinator Cody Powell said the fire started around noon. He added the home to the left of the house that caught fire was evacuated as a precaution and crews were inspecting it.

Powell advised residents to avoid the area as crews work to contain the blaze and clean up the scene. He said it could take hours and Weatherford St. would be shut down indefinitely.

Pablo Lara helped rescue the children trapped inside the home. He said he heard yelling and started smashing windows to get them out.

Garcia said it is unclear what started the fire. He said crews were checking nearby structures to ensure they are safe, as the fence of a neighboring structure caught fire.

Firefighters from Chico, Crafton, Bridgeport, Lake Bridgeport and Alvord battled the blaze in temperatures hovering around 97 degrees.

Wise County is currently under a 90-day burn ban and in a severe drought.

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