Fire Leaves Family Homeless - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/22/02

Fire Leaves Family Homeless

A fire started Monday morning at a mobile home park in northeast Lubbock destroying the home of a Lubbock family. Fire investigators say there was no smoke detector inside the home.

Virginia Torres told Lubbock fire investigators she smelled smoke while she was sleeping. Torres says she woke up and saw smoke in the house. Torres told fire investigators she immediately grabbed her three and nine-year-old daughters, the cordless phone, and called 911.

Torres's husband, George, had already left for work by that time and says his family is doing okay. "You never think it is going to happen to you. You see it happening to people everyday. You do what you can to help. When it happens to you, it is different. I am glad everyone is safe. Material things can be replaced," George said.

The Fire Marshall's Office estimates $5,500 in damage to the home. As far as what caused the fire, investigators think a child was playing with a lighter inside the home. But the Torres's say their children were asleep when the fire started.

The South Plains Red Cross chapter helped the family with clothing. If you would like to donate clothes to the disaster relief of Red Cross, call 765-8534.

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