LA MARQUE — An abandoned home and about 2 acres of land caught fire near the Texas City Wye in La Marque late Sunday night, creating heavy smoke and flames visible to motorists on Interstate 45.

Crews from the La Marque, Texas City, Hitchcock, Santa Fe and Bayou Vista fire departments responded to the blaze, which was reported shortly before 11 p.m. Sunday and engulfed an abandoned house on Irada Street near state Highway 146.

La Marque fire Capt. Jason Shafer said the house had been abandoned since Hurricane Ike.

No one was injured, Shafer said.

The flames destroyed the home and spread to about 2 acres of land, but the blaze was extinguished within an hour, Shafer said. Debris and “junk” left near the home contributed to the size of the fire, Shafer said.

The cause of the fire was under investigation Monday.


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