Cameron County Family Left Homeless After Fire

POSTED: Monday, August 1, 2011 - 12:06pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 1:45pm

A mother and three children are now looking for another place to stay after a fire left their home looking like this.

"My daughter came to me telling me her bed was on fire. The way she said it, she said it so calm so I figured she was playing."

But her daughter wasn't playing. Alyssa Martinez saw flames on the bed. She took the kids outside, and went back inside to put the flames out. She dumped water on the bed but the fire had already spread.

"I got half of the bed out but while I was doing that the other part caught on fire and there were curtains on the closet to cover it up and it caught the curtains and as soon as I saw that I knew that I couldn't put it out by myself."

Her family who lives across the street tried to help Martinez but Cameron County firefighters wouldn't let them get near the fire as it had grown too rapidly and was just too dangerous.

"Everything is gone. The kids' clothes, birth certificates, socials, everything, it's all gone. I have, basically just a bed that's covered with a stench of smoke and a little bit of clothes that I had in my room. That’s about it."

Her mom passed away a couple years back. Martinez kept pictures and other mementos to remember her mom but they're also now gone.

"Since my mom passed away in 2009. It’s just everything falling apart slowly but surely. I’ve felt so alone without her."

County fire officials believe they know what caused the fire yesterday afternoon. Martinez’s five-year-old son was playing with a lighter and somehow lit it up and the rest is history.

"I don't know, it's just starting all over. It can only get better from here, right."

Luckily for the Martinez family, no one was injured. Although her home is gone, she's thankful she still has her children by her side.