Fire destroys Logan Heights home
An early morning fire destroyed a residence Friday in the lower Logan Heights housing area.
The fire was reported shortly before 5 a.m. at 3254 Townsley St. Fire engines from Fort Bliss and El Paso responded.
James Narlock, Fort Bliss deputy fire chief, said the fire began in the carport area and spread through the house. The fire “blew out through the windows and moved over to the adjacent quarters,” Narlock said, and added there were no fatalities or injuries to occupants, firefighters or animals.
Criminal Investigation Command joined fire investigators from the Fort Bliss Directorate of Emergency Services’ Fire Department started an initial assessment Friday, but Narlock said they would not perform an interior inspection and investigation until fire crews finished an overhaul of the property. An “overhaul” means fire crews ensure no hotspots remain and “wet it down,” he added.
The fire investigation is ongoing and this story is developing. Narlock added, “It’s a house fire being investigated as such.”
Col. Joseph A. Simonelli, Fort Bliss garrison commander, was on scene and said though the event was unfortunate, it “brought about many great things about our community. It showed the great relationship between the city of El Paso and Fort Bliss and the outpouring of support we give to each other in events of crisis like this.”
Simonelli added that he is thankful for the El Paso Fire Department, whose firefighters were closer and thus first on the scene of the fire, “preventing it from being much worse than it was.” He said he is proud of Balfour Beatty Communities for quickly responding by placing the family in a hotel and making arrangements in getting them back into permanent housing as quickly as possible.
“They worked with local residents and the overall Fort Bliss community to put together a donation to get much-needed clothing and other items the family needed,” Simonelli said. “The huge outpouring of support from our community was tremendous in providing everything they could, and everything the family needed. This just shows how great a community we are, but more importantly how great a family we are.”
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