Fire heavily damages Placedo home (Video)
Oct. 17, 2012 at 5:17 a.m.
Updated Oct. 18, 2012 at 5:18 a.m.
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When Placedo resident Felicia Ledeay pulled into her driveway on Wednesday, she immediately started screaming.
With smoke billowing from her house and flames coming out of the vents, she said all she could think about was saving her house.
"I busted a window to put the water hoses in the house. I couldn't put it out, but I was trying to keep it from destroying all of my stuff, like pictures," Ledeay said.
No one was home when the fire started in the rear of the house, said Victoria Fire Department Battalion Chief Shannon Martin.
The fire, in the 500 block of Serene Drive West in Placedo, was reported at 1:14 p.m. and was out by about 2:15 p.m. Martin said. The Bloomington Volunteer Fire Department and Placedo Volunteer Fire Department also responded.
Ledeay, owner of the home, said she heard about the fire from Rudy Hernandez, a friend of the family who lives in the house, who came home to see the house on fire.
Hernandez called 9-1-1 and then busted in the back door to let the dog, Moo Moo, and two cats out of the house.
"The dog, you could hear it barking and freaking out," Hernandez said.
He and Ledeay then put four water hoses in different windows to try to save the home.
"I keep thinking about all of my mom's pictures, and the things my parents gave me. All of those things I can't get back, both of my parents are gone now," Ledeay said, struggling to speak through tears. "I thank God it wasn't at night while we were sleeping and that all the kids were in school."
Ledeay and her husband, Frank Ledeay, live in the house with their four children, three nieces and nephews, one grandson and Hernandez, ages 4 to 19.
Ledeay said the living room, kitchen, one bathroom and two bedrooms were destroyed.
The rest of the house, Martin said, sustained heat and smoke damage. Ledeay said the children lost most of their toys and clothes.
The American Red Cross in Victoria is providing emergency assistance, including a hotel stay for the family for three nights and some food and clothing, said Linda May, emergency services specialist.
Ledeay said she does not know where the family will relocate after their hotel stay.
Though the house is insured, she said it will take time to recover.
"I know we aren't going to be able to come back here for a while, so we will have to figure something out," Ledeay said. "We don't have family in the area."
Martin said the cause of the fire is under investigation.