Bloomington couple loses home to fire
March 16, 2011 at 8:05 p.m.
Updated March 15, 2011 at 10:16 p.m.
A Bloomington couple is without a home after fire destroyed their house in the 100 block of Leonard Avenue at 12:20 p.m. Wednesday.
"It's a lot of mess here - washer, dryer, everything's burned," said Frank Licerio, 62, Wednesday night.
The mobile home and its attached buildings were a total loss.
Licerio and his wife, Alice Licerio, weren't home at the time of the blaze, he said.
"That's where I raised my kids when they were growing up," Licerio said.
He said his wife was distraught most of the afternoon after learning that the home they've lived in for 40 years was engulfed in flames.
"I said, 'Well, what can I do?'" Licerio said calmly.
Licerio, who has worked for 14 years as a custodian at Bloomington High School, said Wednesday night he was focusing his attention on picking up tin that was blowing in the wind and could be a safety hazard.
"Right now, I'm going to start cleaning the mess," he said.
The couple will stay with family for a few days, but Licerio said he hopes to be back on their own soon.
"I hope the Lord helps me," he said. "The people and the Lord."
By Wednesday night, Licerio said the Red Cross had offered the family assistance, and a stranger gave him $100, which he plans on using to replenish he and his wife's medication that was destroyed in the fire.
The couple did not have insurance, Licerio said.
By the time firefighters responded, the mobile home and some attached buildings were fully engulfed in flames, said County Fire Marshal Ron Pray.
The cause of the fire was not determined Wednesday night.
"We're going to be investigating it to determine the cause, and that may take a while because we've got a lot of possibilities that we need to work out," Pray said.
The Victoria County Sheriff's Office and Texas Department of Transportation assisted with traffic at the scene, while firefighters strung a hose across Farm-to-Market Road 616, Pray said.