MIDLOTHIAN – A dog was killed as a result of a structure fire that took place early Tuesday morning. Firefighters were dispatched at about 6:30 a.m. to the 700 block of King Author.

“A passerby saw flames coming through the roof of the building and thought it was a house. It was actually the attached garage that had living quarters in it. Crews arrived within just about two minutes. It was not very far from station three,” Midlothian Assistant Fire Chief Phillip Brancato said. “They arrived with heavy fire coming through the roof. The initial crews were able to knock it down. We were very fortunate that it happened around shift change. So we had two shifts there to knock it out.”

Brancato said the converted garage had large fire load, or material to burn, due it contents. The building was connected to the house with an attached roof. The fire was brought under control within 30 minutes. Utilities were cut from the converted garage.

“Fire was coming through the roof so there was pretty extensive damage. Crews were able to stop the forward progression of the fire when they got there,” Brancato said. “But there was still quite a bit of damage because we don’t know how long it was burning before we got the call.”

The converted garage was unoccupied at the time of the fire, Brancato said. Three residents were in the house at time of the fire. No injuries were reported from residents or firefighters and the house was unaffected by the fire.

The department received assistance on the call from the Ovilla Fire Department that filled in at Midlothian’s station one to handle incoming emergency calls. Waxahachie firefighters were also called for assistance but were disregarded while in route to the scene.

The cause of the fire has not been determined at this time and is under investigation by Midlothian Fire Marshal Kevin Lucia. Units cleared the scene at about 8 a.m.

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