14 people escape early morning fire

Fourteen people escaped injury from an early morning mobile home fire Monday on Leary Lane in Victoria.
  • HOW TO HELP

  • To assist the victims of Monday's fire contact the American Red Cross Crossroads Chapter at 361-573-2671.

    Emma Baladez /1/12-18 months

    Chloe Baladez/7/8T pants

    Valerie Baladez /8/10T pants

    Zoe Baladez/10/10T pants

    Vanessa Baladez /13/0 pants

    Consuelo Baladez /15/4 pants

    Michelle Baladez ...

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  • HOW TO HELP

    To assist the victims of Monday's fire contact the American Red Cross Crossroads Chapter at 361-573-2671.

    Emma Baladez /1/12-18 months

    Chloe Baladez/7/8T pants

    Valerie Baladez /8/10T pants

    Zoe Baladez/10/10T pants

    Vanessa Baladez /13/0 pants

    Consuelo Baladez /15/4 pants

    Michelle Baladez /33/5-7 pants, medium blouse

    Isabel Baladez /43/34x32 pants, XL shirt

    Diego Cervantes /8 mo./24 months clothes

    Nataley Cervantes/3/4 pants, XS shirt

    Annalisa Cervantes/5/5 pants, 7-8 shirt

    Railynn Cervantes /7/7 pants, 6-6X shirt

    Joaquin Quintero/27/34x32 pants, L-XL shirt

    Klaressa Cervantes/28/16-17 pants, L-XL shirt

"I just wanted the kids out. I didn't care about grabbing anything else. I was just worried about the kids."

Michelle Baladez recalled Monday morning's fire in her Leary Lane mobile home in which 14 people, including 10 children, escaped without injury.

"We were just worried about the kids," said Isabel Baladez Jr., 43, Michelle's husband.

"I was rushing to grab the babies to get them out," Michelle, 33, said. "We were scared."

The Baladez's six children range in age from 1 to 15. Klaressa Cervantes, 28, also lived in the mobile home with her four children who range in age from 8 months to 7 years and Joaquin Quintero, 27.

Quintero was the first to wake up and alert the other residents to the fire.

The Victoria Fire Department responded to the fire call about 5:33 a.m. at 2701 Leary Lane, No. 63 and found heavy smoke and flames coming from the front of the home, said Battalion Chief Roger Hempel.

"The fire was mostly contained to the kitchen area, but the rest of the home suffered smoke and heat damage," Hempel said.

Firefighters were on scene until about 8 a.m.

Fleeing the flames through the back door of the mobile home, the escape was made more chaotic by a rainstorm.

"We're missing one! We're missing one!" Isabel Baladez yelled, after trying to account for all the children.

Michelle calmed him when she said one of the children was with Cervantes and Quintero in their car.

The American Red Cross Crossroads Chapter is assisting the families, who lost all their clothing and other household items, with temporary lodging and food and referred them to other local agencies who can assist them.

The families had only been in their mobile home, donated to them by Faith Family Church, about three months after losing another mobile home in a fire.

Monday's fire continues to be under investigation, according to the Victoria Fire Marshal's Office.