The blaze happened along the 900 block of East 5th Street around 7 PM Friday. That street had to be shut down because of the danger, and the fire could be seen for quite a distance, because of the powerful flames.
Odessa Fire units spent hours fighting the fire, before it was out around 8:45 PM. Then they had to stay and make sure hot spots didn't flare up.
The Red Cross was called out to help the five people living there, who weren't hurt. One teenager and four adults - two of them in wheelchairs - were displaced because of the blaze. The Red Cross is providing emergency help to those people as they try to figure out what to do next. The organization says those people are going to need a lot of assistance.
"The house will be destroyed," James Parks of the Red Cross told Big 2. "It's pretty much gutted at this time. The family has not had a chance to get inside at this time."
The fire also knocked out power to that block after it apparently damaged some power lines. Oncor is working to get the power restored.
The cause of that fire is unknown at this time.