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Family left homeless after fire engulfs 5,000-square-foot home

NEW CANEY, Texas – A family was left homeless after a massive blaze tore through their home.

The fire started around 11 p.m. Tuesday on Lilac Lane near Azalea Lane in New Caney, according to the Montgomery County Fire Department.

Authorities said a husband was outside with his kids when they saw the fire. The wife, who was inside the home when the fire started, called the fire department and told them the second-floor master bedroom was on fire.

She was able to get out safely, and when firefighters arrived, they found heavy flames coming from the rear of the 5,400 square-foot home.

Firefighters had some issues putting the blaze out because of the lack of fire hydrants, so extra tankers had to be called in, authorities said.

While they were fighting the fire, authorities said they noticed a five-ton central air unit inside the home, so all firefighters were ordered to immediately evacuate the area.

Moments after the evacuation was ordered, the area housing the unit collapsed under the weight and fell through the second floor, firefighters said.

After two hours, firefighters were finally able to put out the blaze, but not before the fire destroyed most of the home.

No one was injured in the fire, and firefighters said they will likely remain on the scene to monitor for hot spots that could rekindle.