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Woman loses home to fire
GARY DARNELL/Contributor —
Firefighters from four departments quickly gain the upper hand May 22 against a fire that caused extensive smoke and heat damage to a home on Hickory Hill Drive near La Vernia.
LA VERNIA -- The community here is rallying around a Hickory Hills Drive resident who lost her home to a May 22 fire.
According to Chief Jason Scheel of the La Vernia Volunteer Fire Department, firefighters were called to the scene at 6:26 p.m. after a neighbor reported seeing smoke pouring from the one-bedroom manufactured home. The blaze appears to have started in the kitchen, where an item ignited after being left on the stove, Scheel said.
Firefighters gained the upper hand quite quickly, said Chief Edwin Baker of the Stockdale Volunteer Fire Department, who was set to begin teaching a firefighter training academy at his station when the La Vernia firefighters were called away. When Stockdale’s firefighters were called to assist, Baker said he packed up the entire class -- which also included firefighters from Geronimo and Karnes City -- and took everyone to the scene. As a result, a cat and four kittens were saved from the home and firefighters were able to leave the scene by 7:45 p.m.
Gary Darnell, a member of the River Oaks Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, said the congregation is working to assist the fire victim, Darlene Llamas. Her needs include the following clothing items:
•Size 14-16 pants
•Size XL blouses
•Size 6 shoes.
For more information, call Darnell at 830-947-4661 or Llamas at 210-723-5659.
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