Structure fire on West 16th Street

UPDATE: (8:35 p.m.) – A home on West 16th Street has been destroyed by a fire. 

San Angelo Fire Department Battalion Chief Royce Owen said that when firefighters arrived on scene, 50 to 70 percent of the structure was involved making it too dangerous to enter.

“When we arrived on scene, the back half of the home was involved.” Owen said. “It was too dangerous to make an internal attack, so we took a defensive strategy from the outside.”

As firefighters were working from the outside of the home, they received word that there could be a victim inside. In the meanwhile, there was a collapse of an inner wall of the home.

“It’s a good thing we weren’t inside.” Owen said. “When we made entry, we discovered there was no one inside.”

One ladder truck, two engines, one rescue truck, one ambulance and one battalion chief vehicle responded to the fire.

Owen said the cause of the fire is under investigation.

ORIGINAL STORY: San Angelo firefighters responded to a structure fire on West Lillie and 16th streets late Tuesday afternoon. Police issued a Nixle alert at approximately 5:25 p.m. asking drivers to avoid the area of West 16th and Lillie streets because of a fire.

Smoke from the fire could be seen as far away as Sunset Drive and College Hills Boulevard.

San Angelo Police had the area of the fire blocked off at each intersection from Shelton Street to 17th Street and the areas surrounding including the intersection of 17th Street where Iglesia de Cristo is located on 16th Street.

Fire hoses were seen leading from a hydrant to the area where the fire was contained.

Spectators were lined along the perimeter watching the activity from a distance as far away as the Boys and Girls Club on Lillie.

Calls have been made to the San Angelo Fire Marshal’s Office and to the battalion chief, who was still out on the call, for comment on the cause of the fire and the extent of damage to the structure.