ODESSA, TX (KWES) - An air conditioner malfunctioned Thursday afternoon and sparked an attic fire in the 5900 block of El Paso Avenue, homeowners said.
Six fire units and at least a dozen firefighters rushed to the scene around 3:45 p.m., according to Odessa city officials. No injuries were reported.
Meliah Watters and her husband purchased the house in late April and told NewsWest 9 it was declared a total loss.
"We'll start all over," she said. "This is actually the second house fire I've been through. I've done this once before. [My husband] and I just got together four years ago and started [building our lives together]. We can do it again."
Watters and her husband were both at work when neighbors first noticed flames around 3:30 p.m.
"I saw the fire truck and I literally ran seven stop lights [driving] 90 [miles per hour] over here," she told NewsWest 9 at the scene. "When I got here, [the house] was fully engulfed."
Watters said she was most concerned about the safety of their various pets - four dogs, a cat and a bowl of fish - and drove home "assuming the worst."
Firefighters successfully extinguished the flames within one hour and rescued the cat from a back bedroom, according to Battalion Chief Danny Wyatt. The dogs escaped unharmed.