Mercedes House Fire Under Investigation
MERCEDES – Fire investigators are looking into the cause of a house fire in Mercedes.
Multiple Mercedes fire trucks and AEP crews responded to the 1200 block of South Illinois Tuesday morning.
A neighbor told CHANNEL 5 NEWS the fire began after 3 a.m. He said an elderly couple lives in the home.
Mercedes Fire Chief Tommy Ureste said no one was inside the house at the time of the fire.
When the flames spread, the neighbor said he ran to the house and yelled “Fire! 911!” He said another neighbor then called 911.
The fire had neighbor Connie Ocanas questioning a possible lack of hydrants in her neighborhood.
She's lived in the neighborhood for nearly half a century and only a single hydrant adores the block.
Mercedes Emergency Management Voordinator George Garrett said a single hydrant might not make a difference in an emergency. He said sometimes mutual aid is a better alternative.
La Feria Fire Department also responded to the blaze as part of that mutual-aid agreement.
Garrett said a minimal amount of hydrants in older neighborhoods is common, that's why smaller sites rely on other surrounding communities for help in emergency situations.
Ocanas is hoping that the pump remains untouched for years to come, and this fire is the first and last on her block.
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