Eunice residents and motorists may have witnessed billowing smoke Saturday afternoon as a fire engulfed a home located east of town, but no one was hurt.
The Eunice Fire Department responded to a structure fire on 5th Street and Texas Avenue at 4 p.m. Saturday and firefighters had the blaze under control about 5:30-5:45 p.m., according to Eunice fire chief Jesse Davis. The department was on scene until approximately 7:22 p.m., while Eunice police and the Lea County Sheriff’s Department provided traffic control around the area.
“It was a trailer house and it caught fire,” Davis said Monday. “It was a total loss. We were able to stop it before it got to the living room and the kitchen area and the back bedroom, but due to the extensive heat damage — we’re going to classify it as being a total loss.”
Davis said two people were occupying the home at the time of the fire, but both were able to exit the home, and there were no injuries.
“(The homeowner) had quite a bit of stuff on the outside of the fire that also got involved in the fire,” he said. “The cause is going to be of an electrical nature and it looks like it started back in the east bedroom. That’s where the actual electric control boxes were and that looks like where the cause of the fire was.”
According to Davis, the fire spread to a shed on the outside of the trailer home that was also a “complete loss.” In addition, some vehicles and other mechanical items on the property were damaged in the fire.