Electrical fire causes heavy damage to Beaumont residence

photo by Brandi Haskett

Firefighters arrived within minutes after a 911 call alerted them to a house fire at 1310 Galway Sunday, March 30, in Beaumont’s west end. 

Shortly after 3:40 p.m., Beaumont Fire Rescue units responded to find heavy flames engulfing the attic of the home and thick smoke billowing throughout the neighborhood.

Captain Earl White of Beaumont Fire and Rescue said firefighters proceeded with an interior attack following a primary search that found no occupants inside the building. There were no injuries reported.

Homeowner Robert Lee said he and his family were visiting relatives at the time of the incident.

“We had just left about an hour ago to go visit my aunt, and then our neighbor called us to tell us our house was on fire,” Lee told The Examiner around 4:30 p.m.

Although the cause of the fire is still under investigation, Captain White said, “It appears there was some type of electrical problem inside the attic.”

The fire caused heavy damage to the home, a Beaumont Fire and Rescue press release stated. Red Cross was called to assist the family.