Family of 7 Regroups After Losing Everything in CS Home Fire

By: Ashlea Sigman@kbtx.com Email
By: Ashlea Sigman@kbtx.com Email

College Station Fire Marshals are investigating what caused a house in the 3000 block of Jennifer Drive to catch fire Saturday night.

The Jefferson family spent all day Saturday moving into their new home. The family recently relocated from Huntsville because of Penny Jefferson's job.

"We completely moved in, all of our stuff was in there, everything, everything," said husband Roland Jefferson.

The family was unpacking boxes, warming by the fireplace when Roland noticed the chimney was burning.

"They actually had a pretty good fire in the attic space that I don't think they were even aware of," said College Station Fire Dept. Lietenant Tim Hamff.

All five Jeffersons made it out safely, including Penny's brother and sister in law.

"By the time I got outside and everybody was out and I turned around and looked and it was all just gone," said Penny.

A lifetime of memories were destroyed in an hour; their new plans made in vain.

"That was our first picture together and I was gonna put it right there," said Penny.

The mother of three is glad the newest member of their household hadn't arrived yet. Her brother, Shelton Hightower, an Iraq war veteran, and his wife, are due in May.

"All the baby clothes are ruined, the crib and everything's ruined, its water damaged and smoke damaged. We never got a chance to set anything up," said Hightower.

Despite the young couple's loss, Hightower says it's his niece and two nephews who he feels sorry for.

"All their Christmas gifts are gone, school clothes and all their trophies and awards, its all lost in there," said Hightower.

Eight-year-old Brieanna's bike was salvaged, she's still not sure about her house.

"I thought what are we gonna do? Are we gonna patch it up?" asked Brieanna.

"We're trying to explain to them that we're gonna have to start over," said Penny.

Its something all seven of them, will do together.

The Red Cross is providing a hotel room for the family for another two nights.

Century 21, the property managers of the home on Jennifer Drive, are trying to find the Jeffersons another home.

Penny Jefferson was planning on signing up for renter's insurance on Monday.


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