Fire displaces Far East El Paso couple
Updated: Sunday, January 5 2014, 09:39 PM MST
By: Melissa Gundersen
EL PASO, Texas -- A Far East El Paso couple was displaced from their home
Sunday after the house suddenly went up in flames.
George De La Torre with the El Paso Fire Department said crews were called to
the 14000 block of Lasso Rock Road for a fire around 11 a.m.
"We're looking at the garage being the origin of fire," said Fire
Chief David Rios.
But with damages totaling around $50,000, crews said flames spread further than
"There was substantial damage done to the rest of the house with fire and
smoke," said Rios.
Crews said a couple lived there and were home when the fire broke out, but they
were able to smell smoke and make it out safely.
The fire riled up the whole neighborhood.
"I was really afraid," said neighbor Alejandro Dominguez.
Large flames and heavy smoke just feet away from his own home is a sight
Dominguez said he never thought he would see.
"I was showering basically and I just heard my mom scream like, ‘Get out
of here.' Then I just got out," said Dominguez.
Dominguez said he was afraid the fire would spread to his home. He's thankful
firefighters made it on the scene quickly and contained the fire within 30
minutes, keeping the rest of the neighboring houses untouched by the flames.
"I was just seeing the fire and the car it was like burning," said
It took a crew of more than 20 firefighters to contain the blaze. Crews said
the couple who lives in the home won't be able to stay there for a while
because the house is too smoky and damaged.
The Red Cross has been notified. De La Torre said the couple does have an
alternate place to stay and did not request any additional assistance.