Family of Seven Lose Home To Fire

Family of Seven Lose Home To Fire
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 8:44am

DONNA - "Everything is gone. Everything," sobs Ludivina Alejandro, mother of six children.

Alejandro is facing a harsh reality. Fire destroyed her family's home in Donna around 11:30 Tuesday morning.

"I didn't expect it to happen," said Alejandro.

She lives in the home with her six young children.

"I panicked, I just got all the kids, got everybody out of the house," said Alejandro.

Once out of the house, fire fighters quickly arrived on scene. But putting out the flames proved to be a challenge.

"The biggest difficulty is that we have to go back for water. There is no water in this area as far as fire hydrants are concerned," said George Garrett, Emergency Management Coordinator.

The nearest hydrant is about a half mile away, forcing the fire trucks to shuttle the water back and forth.

"There should always be more fire hydrants, but we are in the county and north Alamo water and the other water providers just don't have the resources to provide fire hydrants and a lot of these subdivisions are not actually platted either," said Garrett.

The last of the flames were put out just before 1:00 p.m.

 Red cross will be helping the Alejandro family by providing clothes and shelter for the next few days.

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