Big Spring Fire 'Tough to Contain,' Due to Poorly Constructed Roof

Big Spring Fire 'Tough to Contain,' Due to Poorly Constructed Roof

By: Julia Deng
NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING - The cause of a house fire that consumed 1610 Young St on Sunday night remains under investigation, according to Big Spring Assistant Fire Marshal Dan Hendrickson.

Crews responded shortly after 9:30 p.m. and spent almost four hours attempting to save the four-bedroom house.

"We had nine [firefighters] show up," Hendrickson told NewsWest 9. "We had three fire trucks [and] an ambulance also called out. Everybody got out safe. No injuries were reported."

Fire officials said two adults and four children were staying at the Young Street home.

According to Harry Patel, a Big Spring resident who owns the house, a woman named Nieza Vargas had been renting from him for the past 18 months.

"I didn't even know there was a fire until I came by to check on something else," Patel said Monday afternoon, surveying the destruction in shock.

Portions of the ceiling had crumbled or caved in, and what was once a pink sofa was charred and partially melted.

"This is bad," Patel said. "This is really bad. I can't believe they didn't even tell me."

His tenant, Nieza Vargas, could not be reached for comment.

Big Spring Fire officials could not confirm how the blaze started, but said "construction issues" made the fire more difficult to contain.

"[The people who built or renovated the house] had applied one roof and then put another roof on top of it," explained Hendrickson. "It took the guys a while because there were multiple layers in the roof, so they had a hard time just trying to get to the fire itself."

He recommended consulting architects before attempting to renovate or expend a home.

"We can't say for sure what happened here, but a properly designed house can safeguard the rest of its contents."