Fire Destroys Brazos County Home

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It's a house fire that literally rocked several area homes.

Brazos County Firefighters are still trying to determine the cause of a morning fire that has left one family homeless Monday night.

Fire crews were called to the Rolling Ridge Trailer Park just before 11 a.m. Monday morning.

Luckily no one was injured in the fire, but there was someone inside when it started.

The girlfriend of the owner's son was in the house when she heard what she describes as a crackling sound, what she first thought was rain. When she opened the door to look out she says all she could see was smoke and flames.

"It's just hard for any family to lose anything. Let alone something you worked really hard for all your life to be able to pay for," Brazos County Fire Chief Emily Staples said.

For Staples, it's a scene all to familiar. Fire, smoke, and tears as a family has to sit back and watch their home go up in smoke.

"The people next door to them said it rocked their trailer," Staples said. "They (owner) stated they did have two liters of gasoline on the front porch and that could have been what caused it."

Charred remains were all that were left of the Brazos County home after flames destroyed the front porch, and many of the inside belongings.

It was a hard moment for the owner, who was taken back by the amount of devastation the fire caused in such a short time.

"We just try to reassure people that this is not the end of the world. Life will go on, and they will recover, and there will be a lot of people here to help them," Bobby Maggard with the Red Cross said.

One of the first acts of kindness came from a first responder, who offered up her shoes so that the family could walk through the remains of their home, and search for something salvageable.

"They wanted to go in. You can't go in in sandals it's too dangerous," Staples said. "So luckily my shoes fit."

It's those small acts of generosity, and words of hope from strangers, that make the day marked by tragedy and loss a whole lot easier.

"The best advice you can give them is not to give up," Maggard said.

Pretty much everything was destroyed inside the trailer, and to make matters worse the owner says she does not have insurance.

If you would like to help this family get on their feet again by donating furniture, clothes, appliances, contact Mary at 979-599-8798