HFD: Electrical short caused house fire in the Heights

Published On: Jul 18 2013 03:10:11 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 19 2013 10:10:25 AM CDT
HOUSTON -

Officials said Thursday’s house fire in the Houston Heights was caused by an electrical short.

Firefighters responded to the fire at a four-plex house in the 1000 block of Heights Boulevard around 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

Firefighters said upon arrival they could see heavy smoke and fire was coming from the attic and the second floor.

Nearly 20 HFD unites responded to this incident. No injuries were reported.

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On Friday, the Houston Fire Department said the fire has been ruled accidental due to an electrical short in the attic.

Fire officials said the second leading cause of structure fires in the City of Houston is due to electrical issues, which includes overloading electrical outlets, frayed wires and malfunctions. Most of these are preventable.

HFD officials provided the following safety tips: