Beaumont Fire Department

Investigators believe a malfunctioning air conditioner is responsible for a fire Sunday afternoon, Beaumont Fire Rescue reports.

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Two structure fires within mere minutes of each other kept fire units busy in the early morning hours of Saturday, June 21, the Beaumont Fire Department reports. One of those incidents could have proven fatal for a Beaumont citizen had firefighters not arrived when they did, according to a news release.

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Beaumont firefighters doused a local residential fire on Thursday, March 13, but not before the home suffered significant structural damage.

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Michael Smith

When 57-year-old Beaumont Fire and Rescue fire inspector Michael Smith became one of the first 20 black firefighters to work for the city of Beaumont in 1982, he said it was like experiencing a case of déjà vu.

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Three people suffered burns when a structure fire erupted at 1212 Royal on Monday, June 24, in Beaumont. Their home is a total loss.

According to Beaumont Fire Department officials, the fire started some time after 5 p.m. Monday. By the time it was extinguished, a father, mother and son barely made it out alive before the fire engulfed the brick home.

“I started smelling it in here,” said Cecil Pickens, who lives next door and is related to the family whose home was destroyed. “So I ran over there to make sure everybody got out.”

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