Several family members who resided in two different homes are without a place to live after four different volunteer fire departments responded to an early morning fire in the 1900 block of FM 640, near Glen Flora.

According to the Glen Flora Volunteer Fire Department, the home of Chris and Stephanie Martin, and Albert and Betty Martin, both received heavy fire damage or water damage after first responders were dispatched for a structure fire around 5:05 a.m., on Friday, Jan. 8.

The East Bernard, Wharton, and Hungerford VFDs provided mutual aid to the inferno that gutted Chris and Stephanie Martin’s home located in the front of the family property. Glen Flora Fire Chief Frank Partida said when first responders arrived, their home was fully engulfed. The family had attempted to try to get personal items out of their home.

Partida said the rear home that Albert and Betty Martin lived in also caught fire, but Partida said the damage was caused mostly by water when fire fighters were putting the fire out. 

Tankers and pumpers from various VFDs were already in use by 5:10 a.m. and were staged part of the time in the driveway. Fire fighters were still battling the blaze more than an hour later. Glen Flora VFD personnel returned to their station after 8 a.m. 

Wharton EMS was also on scene tending to victims.

Partida said there were several injuries. A Hungerford fire fighter injured his left wrist, and Chris and Stephanie suffered smoke inhalation.

At the time of the fire, the temperature was 40 degree Fahrenheit with 84 percent humidity and winds at 4 mph. 

Fire personnel were called back to the property at 1:48 p.m. due to “high winds” ingniting the smoke.

Red Cross did respond to the scene and aided the couple. By press time, there was not any information whether or not a fund had been set up for the two victims due to the loss caused by the fire.

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