Family loses home to Monday fire

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By Kati Walker
News Editor

The Levelland Fire Department worked for six hours early Monday morning to extinguish a structure fire at 411 1st Street, resulting in a total loss for the homeowner.

Steven Soliz and his wife escaped the blaze with their two 12-year-old daughters. Soliz said around 2:30 a.m. he and his wife woke up and smelled smoke.

“We stepped out of the bedroom, looked toward the kitchen and we could see the glow around the backdoor,” Soliz said. “That’s when the backdoor blew open and the flames came into the house.”

Soliz said the family wasn’t able to come away with anything from the fire except for what they could carry.
“We lost everything except what we were wearing,” Soliz said.

According to the report completed by the fire department, the estimated amount of property losses was $75,000 and the estimated amount of contents lost was $50,000. The size of the property was 1,800 square feet.

The department determined the property would be a total loss.

The call came in at 3:13 a.m. reporting the house was on fire. At 3:15 a.m., it was reported the structure was fully engulfed. Immediately after that at 3:16 a.m., Officer Raul Lopez advised they were going to try and evacuate the neighbors.

The power to the home was shut off at 3:59 a.m. and the state fire marshal was notified at 4:26 a.m. Red Cross was also notified at the same time the state fire marshal was. Red Cross arrived on scene at 5:50 a.m.

Eleven firefighters responded, along with five units.

The department didn’t clear the scene until after 9:40 a.m. Monday

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