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Families displaced after overnight fire in Tyler

Families displaced after overnight fire in Tyler
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 7:59am

The Tyler Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire early Wednesday morning at a two-story residence on the 1600 block of E. Earle St.

It happened just before 2:00 a.m.

The building contained two separate apartment units, with tenants upstairs and downstairs.

Five engines and one Ladder Company, along with a district chief and an investigator, responded to the scene.

Upon arrival, firefighters reported heavy smoke and flames coming from the second story.

Initial reports indicated that occupants were possibly inside the upstairs apartment unit. Firefighters quickly searched the structure, but found no one inside.

The fire was brought under control around 2:50 a.m. The upstairs apartment sustained heavy fire damage, with a total loss of the contents. The downstairs unit sustained extensive water damage as well.

Fire investigators have indicated that the fire originated in an upstairs bedroom near an air conditioning unit.

The Red Cross is being notified for assistance with the displaced families.

No injuries were reported.

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