Family of Seven Homeless After Overnight Fire


POSTED: Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 2:07pm

UPDATED: Friday, July 15, 2011 - 8:10am

A family of seven is now homeless. A burned roof and unidentifiable charred property on the inside is all that remains.

The fire broke out at around 1:30 Thursday morning on at the home off of Couch St. near the Brownsville South Padre International Airport.

"I heard screaming from kids. When I got home from work, we were already in bed lying down and I heard the dogs barking, we went outside and we saw the flames," says neighbor Maria Jamarillo.

Right after the dogs started barking, Jamarillo says they heard a loud explosion.

"I talked to the family that were in there and the man said he was cooking BBQ outside and then all of the sudden they saw flames from one of the walls by the bathroom," says Cameron Co. Fire Marshal Armando Lucio.

The family, which includes the parents and five children ranging in age from newborn to 8 years old, made it out just in time.

The fire marshal says mobile homes like this can go up in flames quick and be totally destroyed with in 5 or 10 minutes due to their make-up, which is often plywood.

While this specific fire's cause is still under investigation, he says that sometimes these types of homes can be more susceptible to fires due to how people set up their homes.

"People often rig it to get more outlets or appliances in…it’s what causes a lot of the problems," says Fire Marshal Lucio.

As of now the family who lost everything is staying with relatives while the Cameron County Fire Marshal’s Office continues to investigate what ignited the fire.


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