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Flames consume home north of Floresville
Officials are working to determine the cause of a June 25 blaze that destroyed this home at the corner of Governors and Cherry Ridge drives.
FLORESVILLE -- The cause of a June 25 blaze that destroyed a home at the corner of Governors and Cherry Ridge drives is yet unknown, according to Chief Ed Schriber of the Eagle Creek Volunteer Fire Department. No one was injured, as the family that lived there was not at home when the fire started.
Schriber said the fire was reported at 11 a.m. When firefighters from Eagle Creek, Floresville, and La Vernia arrived to the scene, the chief said the front of the double-wide mobile home was fully engulfed. Teams of firefighters had to take turns battling the flames because of the triple-digit daytime temperatures, Schriber said. Members of the Eagle Creek Emergency Medical Services were on hand to provide rehabilitation to weary firefighters.
The home was a total loss, according to Schriber. Now Terry Jo and Sam Orrender and their four young children are without a home. Members of the Orrenders’ church congregation, the St. Ann Catholic Church in La Vernia, are working to assist the family.
Church member Shannon Kosub said the Orrenders are known for assisting others in need.
“The Orrenders are the first to donate their time and money when something comes up,” she said.
Kosub said the family of six were staying with relatives and will be moving into a travel trailer while they rebuild. Their immediate needs are toiletries and clothing in the following sizes:
•Ladies size 14 pants, XL shirt, 8-1/2 shoes.
•Men’s size 36x36 pants, large shirt, size 10 shoes.
•Children: boys sizes 1, 7/8, 8/9; girls size 6/7.
Anyone wishing to assist the Orrenders can donate cash, clothing, or toiletries to the St. Ann church office, located near the corner of U.S. 87 and F.M. 1346 in La Vernia.
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