College Station firefighters were called to the 3000 block of Barron Cut Off Road around 12:30p.m. Sunday, after a neighbor reported seeing heavy smoke.
19 firefighters spent 30 minutes putting out the blaze, but it had already spread to the attic.
Lillian Benford left for Church Sunday morning, and returned to a ruined home.
"I just know that its gone, everything is gone," said Benford.
College Station firefighters aren't sure what caused the blaze, but believe it started in the kitchen; one that was newly remodeled.
"We had just did the floor and walls and counter tops, we re-did the kitchen," said Benford. "All this is just from Tthanksgiving, we just did it."
It was a project Lillian Benford didn't have money to do 15 years ago, when she moved in.
"Single parent, raising 4 boys and a grandson," said Benford.
Now, wet insulation coats all of Benford's hard work.
"Never would have thought I'd lose it like this," said Benford. "Struggled to keep this place, and now...I thought a lot of days I'd lose it not being able to pay for it, but you know what, I paid for it, its mine. Yep, but that's the way things happen."
Lillian is thankful she and her husband, and 13-year old grandson were all at church at the time, but nearly everything they had inside is lost, Including her two-year-old pug.
"They pulled the cage out but smoke was just too bad, they just couldn't save her," said Benford.
Now, the sons Lillian worked two jobs to support, are supporting her.
The Benfords are staying with relatives until they can get back on their feet.
If you would like to help The Benfords you can contact Lillian at 979-575-0969.
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