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Sunday, January 5, 2014 - 5:48pm
El Paso, Texas (KDBC) — UPDATE: El Paso firefighters said a house fire in east El Paso was caused by cleaning supplies that ignited in the garage. As we reported, the fire broke out at a home along the 1400 block of Lasso Rock Drive.
The family smelled smoke and immediately evacuated. The damages are estimated at 50 thousand dollars. Fire officials said this fire is a good reminder to keep flammable cleaning supplies in a cool dry place.
An East El Paso family is without a place to sleep tonight after a fire ripped through their garage this morning in the 14 hundred block of Lasso Rock Drive.
More than 10 units and 24 firefighters responded to the incident. The family says it was a shocking morning for them as large flames and heavy smoke filled their home.
"I can't really say much about it right now because it really hasn't hit me yet so I don't really know I'm just happy that my family is safe," resident Joshua Pollen said.
Pollen said that because everything happened so fast they were only able to save themselves.
"I’m very surprised and I thank my military training for this because I have a lot of emergency reactions and I just got all my family out the first thing I found out and I'm just glad they're all ok," Pollen added.
More than 20 firefighters responded to the fire that initiated in the house garage, according to fire department officials the cause is still under investigation but the house is now uninhabitable.
"There was an extension in to the house and there was substantial damage done to the rest of the house with fire and smoke,"
And the family will now have to search for a new home.
"We are going to do what we can I've contacted my military officials ahead of me and hopefully they can help us out and we're going to go from there,"
Fire department officials said the Red Cross was also called to assist the family in finding a place to stay tonight.