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2018-01-03 / Featured

Fire destroys veteran’s family’s home

By Gregory Ripps
Wilson County News


Flames light the darkness in the early hours of Dec. 26 as firefighters work to contain a blaze that consumed a family’s mobile home. 
DISTRICT 1 FIRE/RESCUE Flames light the darkness in the early hours of Dec. 26 as firefighters work to contain a blaze that consumed a family’s mobile home. DISTRICT 1 FIRE/RESCUE Christmas Day was barely over when a fire left a Wilson County family without a home.

U.S. Navy veteran Ronald Ellis is trying to put his life back together after a Dec. 26 fire destroyed the mobile home he, his wife, their three adult children, and two small grandchildren were living in.

The fire took place Dec. 26 on Creek Spur Drive near Floresville.

“The adults in the family — we can take care of ourselves,” Ellis said. “The 3- and 5-year-old don’t understand what has happened.”

He expressed gratitude to all the people who have brought his family food, clothing, and cleaning supplies since the Dec. 26 conflagration.

“A lot of people have been donating stuff,” he told the Wilson County News.

Ellis said he and his family are cleaning out an old, smaller mobile home on the property. He explained that he and his wife, Nancy, lived in it until about two and a half years ago, when they and the other family members moved into the double-wide that burned. They kept the old mobile home for storage.

Wilson County District 2 Emergency Services in the Eagle Creek area responded to the blaze last Tuesday, after receiving a call about the fire at around 4:30 a.m.

District 1 Fire/Rescue, from the La Vernia area, and the Floresville Volunteer Fire Department soon arrived with watertank trucks and their own personnel.

“The mobile home was about 65 percent involved when the first units arrived at the scene,” District 2 Capt. Walter Cutsinger said.

Firefighters worked more than two and a half hours to extinguish the blaze, according to Cutsinger, but the home was a total loss.

All seven family members and one friend in the mobile home at the time made it out safely, and no one required medical treatment.

Hot logs taken from a wood-burning stove inside the home and placed in a container on a wooden porch outside may have caused the fire, according to Wilson County Fire Marshal Edwin Baker.

The San Antonio office of the American Red Cross attended to offer the family assistance. A spokesman suggested later that community members can help the family by donating to the Floresville Food Pantry and Resource Center, located at 335 Alternative Lane in Floresville.

Anyone wanting to help the Ellis family may contribute online at gofundme.com/ navy-vet-ronald-ellis.

gripps@wcn-online.com

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