Dozens of firefighters battle huge house fire

October 6, 2009 7:51:27 AM PDT
A house fire sent smoke into the sky for hours this morning in northeast Houston.The fire broke out around 4:30am on Wipprecht near Pardee. At least 26 firefighters responded to the massive blaze. It took crews more than an hour to put out the flames.

Houston Assistant Fire Chief Terry Stone told Eyewitness News that at one point firefighters had to pull out of the home because it was unsafe and unstable. Crews say it was a very old house with leaning walls. The home had apparently suffered some type of structural damage prior to the fire.

The flames destroyed the entire roof and back wall of the building.

At this point, firefighters don't think anyone was inside of the home when the fire broke out. There is an elderly woman believed to live there, but officials say it doesn't appear she was home.

No injuries have been reported. Arson investigators are trying to determine the cause of the fire.

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