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Early Morning Fire Destroys Brazos County Home, Displaces Family

By: Michael Oder & Clay Falls Email
By: Michael Oder & Clay Falls Email

*Tuesday Afternoon Update*

A Brazos County family loses everything in a fast moving house fire Tuesday morning.

News 3 has exclusive footage from the scene and discovered why a family of four feels grateful they were staying with family when it happened.

"It just went so fast everything was gone," said Tranika Montgomery of Brazos County.

Montgomery has nothing left to show for the place she's called home the last two months and the family car was destroyed too.

A fire broke out around 1:30 Tuesday morning in the 8700 block of Mark Street in Brazos County.

More than15 firefighters battled the blaze.

Montgomery and her three kids were sleeping across the street at her aunt's after a movie night.

"Thank God we just fell asleep over there and went to sleep over there because if not, me and my kids would have been inside the house and only God knows what would have happened," said Tranika Montgomery.

This fire burned so quickly and with such intensity there was nothing left to save.

Dangers lurked on the ground for first responders as three power lines were knocked down. One firefighter escaped injury after stepping on a live wire with his insulated boots.

"We believe from the neighbor's report that it might have started in the kitchen but at this point in time we do not know," said Lt. Dan Williams, with the Brazos County Precinct 4 Volunteer Fire Department.

Her grandmother Mildred Montgomery owned the home for 20 years but lives in College Station.

"I was very glad that they wasn't even in the house and they are ok," said Mildred Montgomery.

Tranika's mom Tammy Johnson lives across the street from the destruction.

"Everybody is just in a state of shock we just, they can't believe it," said Johnson.

"I just thank God me and my babies are safe," said Tranika Montgomery.

In the meantime they are turning to their faith, friends, and family to get through the days ahead.

We're told the house was not insured.

The Red Cross is providing assistance to the family who tell us they plan to stay with relatives for the time being.

Firefighters say the fire appears to be accidental but a cause is not known.

No injuries were reported.

4:31 A.M. Update*

An early morning fire destroys a home on Mark Street near the O.D. Butler Animal Science Complex on Highway 60 in Brazos County.

A mother and her three kids were not at home when the fire started.

They were sleeping across the street at a relative's.

The house collapsed and a car was also destroyed as more than a dozen firefighters responded.

There were several downed power lines as well and one firefighter accidentally stepped on a live wire but was ok wearing his insulated boots.

The grandmother who owned the home tells News 3 it wasn't insured but is grateful her family is ok.

"Yeah I was very glad that they wasn't even in the house and they are ok," said Mildred Montgomery, the homeowner.

"We believe from the neighbor's report that it might have started in the kitchen but at this point in time we do not know," said Lt. Dan Williams with the Brazos County Precinct 4 Volunteer Fire Department.

No injuries were reported.

We're following this story all morning and will have the latest on air and online at KBTX.com.

*Previous Story*

Firefighters with Brazos County Precinct 3 and 4, South Brazos County and College Station battled a house fire that spread to nearby yards.

Around 1:30 Tuesday morning, crews were called to Mark Street in South West Brazos County.

When they got there they found the house had collapsed and a car was on fire.

Early reports say everyone made it out of the house safely.

News Three has a crew on the scene and will have the latest as it is available.


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