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Fire destroys Cuero home

By ErinPradia
Jan. 1, 2012 at 2:02 p.m.
Updated Dec. 31, 2011 at 7:01 p.m.

The remnants of Brian Campos' house stands mangled and burnt after a fire engulfed the house on Sunday at 2100 N. Gonzales St. in Cuero. Campos, his wife, April, and their children, Alyssa and Brian, all escaped safely, said Blanca McBride with the American Red Cross.

CUERO - A Cuero home was totally lost to a fire Sunday morning.

The Cuero Volunteer Fire Department received a call about a house fire in the 2100 block of North Gonzales Street at 11:33 a.m. Sunday. By the time they arrived four minutes later, the entire house was engulfed in flames, said Third Assistant Fire Chief Charles Klaevemann.

Brian and April Campos and their daughter, Alyssa Campos, 14, were inside the house at the time of the fire. Alyssa was awakened by the family dog barking and she alerted her parents. Everyone got out of the house safely, Klaevemann said.

Brian Campos II, 15, who also lives in the house, was not home at the time, Klaevemann said.

"Only half of the house is still standing at all," Klaevemann said. "The north wind was so strong it was like putting a blow torch in there."

The fire was put out by 2:13 p.m. The home was declared a total loss, but the cause of the fire is undetermined, Klaevemann said.

The Camposes are staying with family in Cuero.

"They lost everything from Christmas and all their school clothes and school books," said Blanca McBride, Crossroads Chapter of the American Red Cross volunteer for DeWitt County. "They just got away with the clothes on their backs."



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