SHALLOWATER, TX (KCBD) - Fire destroyed a Shallowater family's home Saturday afternoon. Flames engulfed a mobile home in Shallowater just before 1:00 p.m. Crews from Shallowater, West Carlisle, and New Deal doused the blaze quickly, but the family's home could not be saved.
"I saw smoke coming out of the end of the window and the end of the trailer. I ran across the street and knocked on the door and asked them to call 911 to get the fire department out here," neighbor Randy Rangler said. He was working on his car in his front yard when he noticed smoke coming from a trailer house down the street.
Rangler quickly responded by running across the street to warn others. "The neighbor hollard at us, and we came running out, and he didn't have his phone, so I called. I didn't know what their address was, but I knew ours, so I figured that'd get it," neighbor Ruth Jenkins said.
When neighbors first noticed the fire it was only in the front part of the trailer house, but after twenty minutes fire destroyed the home. "We showed up, and it was fully involved when we got here," Shallowater Fire Captain Bryce Muller said.
"The flames were just shooting out the front. It was big. It was a big fire," Jenkins said.
"It went up fairly quick, because it's been abandoned for a while, and I was under the understanding that Charlie told me there was a man and young lady that were just moving some stuff in. He left sometime early this morning, so it was abandoned no one was there at the time," Rangler said.
Even though the neighborhood and several surrounding fire departments responded quickly to the fire, their efforts couldn't save the home, but the Red Cross and community will do what they can to help those who lived here.
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