City of Houston firefighter Terry Wolfe kneels at the end of the ladder extended from the department's ladder truck at the scene of a house fire Wednesday afternoon in Licking. The truck's ladder was being used as an emergency escape route for fire crews on the home's second floor. At the controls at the top of the truck is Bobby Bell. The other truck visible is from the Raymondville FD.

Firefighters from the Licking, City of Houston and Raymondville fire departments responded at about 3 p.m. Wednesday to a fire at a two-story house at 206 Glendale in Licking.

Houston Chief Joey Moore said his department’s ladder truck and five personnel went to the scene, along with a pumper and five men from Raymondville and an undetermined number of responders from Licking.

Moore said the blaze apparently started around the flue of a wood-burning stove. He said firefighters had to fight strong winds and where the fire started there was a double roof from an addition.

“That made it hard to get to the fire,” Moore said.

Damage to the home was significant, but it was not fully destroyed. The house is on a corner lot in a neighborhood, but not close to other homes, so no other structures were threatened.

Moore said personnel remained on location for about 3 1/2 hours.

The American Red Cross was also called to the scene.

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