On January 10, 2021 at approximately 7:48 a.m., the Abilene Fire Department responded to a structure fire located in the 1700 block of N 8th Street. The first arriving units found heavy smoke and flames showing from the front of the single-family residential structure. During initial suppression and search efforts, a male victim was found inside the structure and was extricated by fire crews. The fire was extinguished with the structure sustaining heavy fire damage to the interior. The victim was transported to Hendrick Medical Center for treatment. Fire investigation by the Abilene Fire Marshal’s Office determined the fire to be accidental in nature. Property damage is estimated at $20,000.