After a fire erupted in a recently vacated house, Sherman firefighters responded and quickly snuffed-out the flames Thursday morning.

“Fire crews were here quickly on scene, even though we were at shift change,” Sherman Fire Marshal Danny Fuller said. “They responded quickly, established control and had it down and under control in less than 15 minutes.”

Fuller said an off-duty firefighter spotted a small fire in a residence in the 600 block of North Harrison Avenue, and he called it in at about 7:20 a.m. Firefighters were dispatched to the scene, and they found the fire had expanded.

“It had grown from a small fire inside to fully involved,” Fuller said.

The crews had the flames fully extinguished in about 30 minutes, Fuller said. No one was injured, and the house was not occupied. Fuller the flames appeared to have originated in the front room, and the cause is still under investigation.

“With it being vacant and that kind of thing, it’s going to stay suspicious until we prove otherwise,” Fuller said.

Fuller noted the house did have electricity and some other utilities, and it was vacated about two weeks ago. Fuller noted that property owners of vacant structures need to be diligent in keeping those properties secured.

“Boarding up, locking up, whatever they need to do,” Fuller said of securing the properties.