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Tyler Firefighters respond to two separate fires overnight

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Press Release Tyler Fire Department:

TYLER (KYTX) - The first fire occurred at 1715 W. 24th St.  The initial call was received at approximately 1:00 a.m., with six fire department units responding to the incident. Upon arrival, firefighters reported a fully involved single story residence, with flames visible through the roof of the structure.  There were no occupants in the structure at the time of the fire and no injuries have been reported.  The structure is considered a total loss.

The second fire occurred at 3:40 a.m. in the 2400 block of Old Gladewater Hwy.  Three engines and one Ladder Company, along with a district chief and an investigator, responded to the incident.  Occupants had self-evacuated upon fire department arrival.  Firefighters reported fire in the kitchen area and quickly worked to extinguish the blaze.  Fire investigators believe the fire was caused as the result of an overloaded electrical system.  The home suffered moderate damage and no injuries were reported.

The Tyler Fire Department reminds citizens to take precaution when using electrical equipment in their homes.  According to the National Fire Protection Association, fire departments in the United States respond to an estimated average of 47,820 home fires each year involving electrical failure or malfunction in the home.  Citizens are urged to consider the following recommendations:

  • Never use extension cords with appliances.  Plug them directly into wall outlets.
  • Replace worn or damaged cords immediately.  Do not try to repair them.
  • Avoid putting cords where they can be damaged or pinched.
  • Buy only appliances approved by a recognized testing lab.
  • Use light bulbs that match the recommended wattage.
  • Have all electrical work done by a licensed electrician.

For more information on fire prevention and safety, please contact the Tyler Fire Marshal's Office at 903-535-0005.

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