Horizon City Family Left Homeless By Fire


POSTED: Monday, January 23, 2012 - 6:36pm

UPDATED: Monday, January 23, 2012 - 10:17pm

HORIZON CITY, TX - A Horizon City family still has each other, but the place they called home is gone.

Firefighters got an emergency call to the home at about 8 a.m. Monday.

“What I was told it took them about an hour to an hour and 45 minutes after they called them,” relative Juan Fabela said.

However, the Horizon City Fire Department said it only took 14 minutes to get to the home. Neighbors said during that time, the homeowner herself tried putting out the flames.

“It was a pretty intense,” said Fabela. “They tried to pull her out because she kept going in to turn it off.”

Firefighters needed about 45 minutes to get it under control but by that time, everything was destroyed..

“It's sad to see them lose everything in a matter of seconds,” said Fabela.

The homeowner was rushed to the hospital after inhaling smoke. Her family said she's starting to feel better tonight.
Relatives said the family's home was not insured.

“I know we're all going through tough times but anything you could help us with, it would be really appreciated.”

Investigators said the fire was caused by an electrical problem. Now, they have a message for all homeowners..

“Be aware of your residence. Attend to your batteries on your smoke detectors. Those are going to save your life and whatever you do, don't go back in once the fire starts.”

Anyone interested in making a donation can call Juan Fabela at 240-3070 or make a money donation at GECU Account # 8300100.

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