On September 28, 2023, at approximately 12:57 a.m., the Abilene Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire in the 1600 block of S 12th Street. Fire crews arrived to find a single story residential structure with smoke and flames venting from the back side of the structure. The lone occupant was found in a yard across the street. A passerby saw the fire and then entered the residence and pulled the occupant out of the structure. The occupant was transported to the hospital for evaluation. The fire was extinguished, but the structure sustained significant damage to the interior kitchen, attic space and exterior back wall. Two dogs were also found deceased in the structure. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation and damages are estimated at $40,000.