ROBERTSON COUNTY, Texas A family of six was left homeless after a fire ripped through their Robertson County Home..
The fire broke out around 7 p.m. Thursday at a home on Old Hearne Road near Sutton Road, just south of Hearne. It was eventually tapped out just after midnight. Fire crews were called back to the scene Thursday morning to put out hot spots, and any last hopes the fire may have had of rekindling.
Mike Fisher, an investigator with the Robertson County Sheriff's Department, directed traffic Thursday morning near the fire scene. He said he's known the homeowner, Lupe Gomez, and his family for years. He said Lupe built the home himself over the course of about ten years. On Thursday, the family watched as their home burned to the ground in just a few hours.
"He just put that new aluminum roof on top of his house," said Fisher. "He built that home a little bit at time. And now it's all gone. Everything is gone."
The Gomez family told Fisher they plan to rebuild.
About seven different volunteer fire departments were called to the scene Thursday. All of them working together to battle the flames and keep them from spreading to the woods nearby.
"We do it because it's a way to give something back to the community," said Dwight Miller with the Black Jack Fire Department. "There's not any pay involved. Not a whole lot of excitement or glory except for those few minutes when you're in the middle of the red stuff."
The fire was eventually tapped out just after midnight Friday. No injuries were reported, and so far, no word on what caused the fire.