A family’s home was lost to fire Wednesday night on CR 3452 in the Grand San Jacinto Subdivision near Plum Grove, according to Plum Grove Fire Chief Chris Loftin.
The fire was reported to authorities around 7 p.m. When firefighters arrived, they found the double-wide mobile home completely engulfed in flames.
“There was nothing we could do to save the house,” Loften said. “We started working to keep it from spreading to other nearby homes. Four other structures were threatened.”
The heat from the fear was so intense that it had started melting the vinyl siding on a neighbor’s home.
“The neighbor was using a water hose to keep the fire from spreading until we arrived,” the chief said.
Initially there was some concern that some of the family’s children were home at the time of the fire. However, that concern was unfounded.
“The homeowner has eight children but they were all with her at the time of the fire,” he said.
The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. Loftin said there was some speculation that a space heater was to blame, but the homeowner said no heaters were plugged in and in use when the fire started.
Liberty County Fire Marshal Bill Hergemueller is assisting in the fire investigation, which is ongoing.
Plum Grove Fire Department was assisted by firefighters from Cleveland, Tarkington and East Montgomery County.
The fire was extinguished and the last fire truck cleared the scene at 9:30 p.m.
By Vanesa Brashier, firstname.lastname@example.org