MIDLOTHIAN — Four residents were displaced from their home after a fire broke out on Sunday night.

“When the first engine arrived they found an attached garage with smoke coming out of it. As the other companies started to arrive, and as they did their size up, they noticed that the fire appeared that it had started in the back of the garage area,” Midlothian Assistant Fire Chief Philip Brancato said. “The crews were able to make a really good stop on it and stop the flames before they were able to make it into the house. They were able to keep it in the garage area.”

According to Brancato, the residents discovered the fire and were out of the home when first responders were dispatched at 8:25 p.m. to the 1100 block of N. Walnut Grove Road. Members of the Ovilla Fire Department responded to the scene with one fire engine. The power was disconnected at the breaker and Oncor was contacted to disconnect utilities from the home.

“The homeowner was advised to leave the breaker off,” Brancato said. “The fire didn’t appear to enter the residence at all. But just due to the fire in the attic area we always suggest leaving the power off until you have an electrician check all of the wirings out.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation by Midlothian Fire Marshal Kevin Lucia and has not been determined at press time. Firefighters cleared the scene and returned to the station at 9:38 p.m.

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