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No injuries reported in northeast fires sparked Monday evening

By: Jamel Valencia
EL PASO, Texas - Two house fires in northeast El Paso sparked moments from each other Monday evening.

El Paso firefighters were called out around 8 p.m. to the 4900 block of Maxwell Avenue.

Heavy smoke and flames were coming out of the house when firefighters arrived, said El Paso Fire Department spokesman George De La Torre said.

When the fire started six people were inside, but were able to get when the smoke alarm alerted them.

Fire crews were able to keep the fire to the front bedroom and preventing from spreading to the rest of the house.

The house sustained heavy smoke damage. The cause of the fire has not been determined, De La Torre said.

No injuries were reported and damages to the house are estimated at $30,000.

The Red Cross was called to the scene to help the family, De La Torre said. A total of 10 people were displaced due to the fire.

Then at about 9:15 p.m. firefighters were called out to the 9900 block of McCombs Streets.

When fire crews arrived they saw heavy smoke and flames were coming from a second-story apartment at the Autumn Manor Apartments, De La Torre said.

The person of the apartment on fire was not at home when it started. She was outside walking her dog, said De La Torre. When she returned, she heard the smoke alarm and saw a fire in her kitchen.

The cause of the fire was determined to be an electrical malfunction in a kitchen oven, De La Torre said.

The apartment sustained heavy smoke and heat damage, De La Torre said. Damages are estimated to be $25,000.



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