Brownwood Fire Department responded to a house fire in the 1400 block of Avenue B on Friday afternoon.
The fire began approximately 12:45 p.m. and was called in by a neighbor and a police officer who was in the area and had noticed the plume of smoke, according to emergency responders on scene.
One adult and two children were reported to live in the home, but were not at the home when the fire started, according to Fire Marshal Buddy Preston. Three dogs which were in the back yard were removed from the property without any injuries; however, other pets including an iguana and a few pet rats perished in the fire. The only injury reported was a neighbor who treated for smoke inhalation while the fire was being extinguished, according to fire officials.
The house sustained heavy smoke damage and it has not been reported if the structure is a total loss.
According to Preston, the cause has not been determined; however, the electricity had been turned off to the home earlier and had been turned back on today.
Brownwood Police and Lifeguard EMS responded to the scene to assist.
Pictured above and below are photos of firefighters working to extinguish the fire.