Plano Fire-Rescue crews fought three structure fires over 2016’s first weekend.

The first fire occurred at a home in the 800 block of Alderwood Place (located between Independence and Custer, south of Hedgecox) just after 4 p.m. Friday. A neighbor called 911 after seeing smoke coming from the home’s roof. Fire crews found a fire in the attic and were able to extinguish it in 16 minutes and rescue the homeowner’s three cats. The home suffered major water and fire damage, but thankfully the residents were not home. The cause is under further investigation.

The second fire occurred at a duplex located at 1801 W. Spring Creek Parkway at the Springwood Creek Condos (located between Custer and Alma, north of Spring Creek) on Saturday at 7:08 p.m. Plano 911 received a call from a resident of one of the duplex units stating their home was filling with smoke. Firefighters arrived to find smoke in the unit but no fire. Further investigation found smoke and heat in the adjacent unit. The fire appeared to have been smoldering in the kitchen and was quickly extinguished. The resident of this unit was not home at the time and was later contacted by Plano Fire-Rescue. The fire started in the kitchen but the cause is currently under investigation.

The third fire occurred at the Lincoln at Towne Square Apartments located at 8205 Towne Main Drive (located between Preston and Ohio, north of Hedgecox) at 8:08 p.m. Saturday. A person driving near the apartments called 911 to report smoke and flames on the roof of the apartment building. While fire crews were responding, a resident of the apartments also called stating his fireplace and chimney were possibly on fire. First arriving fire crews found fire and smoke from the roof and chimney of the apartment building. Firefighters fought the fire from the inside while others quickly evacuated residents from the other apartments in the building. The fire was extinguished within 35 minutes with moderate damage being contained to three of the 16 apartments in the building. The American Red Cross was called to the scene to assist three residents who were displaced. The fire originated in the flue of the chimney in the apartment one of the 911 callers resided.

No major injuries were caused in any of the three fires.

City of Plano

Plano, Texas, is the largest city in Collin County with a population of 271,140 as of January 2015. Incorporated in 1873, the city is located 20 miles north of Dallas. Plano was recently named the third...