CCFD responds to an early morning fire off Shady Lane

The fire was located on the first floor and was able to spread to the second floor, spreading throughout the house.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – An Annaville woman awoke to the smell of smoke in her home Tuesday morning after discovering the source of the smell was her hot water heater fire.

The fire was located on the first floor and was able to spread to the second floor, spreading throughout the house.

The woman alerted the authorities and the firefighters were able to put it out in 20 minutes, without causing any injuries.

“A real good example that this can be dangerous fires for these people, they wake up in the middle of the night and they have smoke inside their house,” said CCFD Battalion Chief Jim Devisser. “This lady did the right thing by evacuating the building and calling 911, letting us in and do our thing.”

Although the cause of the fire is still under investigation, there are still things residents can do to make sure the area around your water heater is safe and secure.

“Just general cleanliness, making sure the area around the water heater isn’t cluttered with flammable materials, making sure your electrics and gas — all your utilities are in order,” Devisser said.

He adds that the most important item to have in your home for fire prevention is a smoke alarm. If residents don’t have one, they can call the fire department and have it installed for you.

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