There is a Lane City family without a home as the end of the year approaches following a two-story home that caught fire.
At 10:10 p.m., Monday, Dec. 28, dispatchers with the Wharton County Sheriff’s Office reported a fire in the 9000 block of SH 60. The WCSO dispatch reported all the occupants were safely out of the home, and no injuries were reported. Nevertheless, EMS was asked to respond.
Before the Boling Volunteer Fire Department arrived on the scene, dispatch reported at 10:22 p.m. that the second story home was fully involved.
BVFD fire fighters set up on the driveway at 10:24 p.m. By 10:39 p.m., firefighters had control of the fire, although WVFD requested that more water was needed to fill its tankers. Boling VFD Chief Kevin Bannert said a ladder was also needed in the attic area of the home.
Chief Bannert said around eight people were in the home when the first started upstairs. The following day, Bannert said the fire was still under investigation, and by press time could not say how the fire began.
Red Cross was notified at 10:45 p.m. to respond.
The Wharton and Hungerford VFDs also responded to the fire. Chief Bannert said there were up to 30 personnel from the three fire departments at the scene.
The fire was out by 10:55 p.m.
Several hours after the home fire, which was located at 9202 SH 60, Betty Rojas said the home was that of Theresa Reyes, who knows Rojas’ granddaughter. Although the Red Cross had been alerted to the family’s circumstances, members were waiting outside in the dead of the night. For information about helping the family, call Reyes at 713-471-2198.
Bannert said the homes in the area were separated enough there was no danger of the fire spreading to other buildings.