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Victoria home sustains fire, smoke damage

By Johnathan Silver
Aug. 8, 2014 at 5:45 p.m.
Updated Aug. 8, 2014 at 10:51 p.m.


A Victoria grandmother and her grandchild escaped injury Friday afternoon when a fire erupted in their home in the 800 block of Raab Street.

Two-thirds of the house was in flames when firefighters arrived, said Tracy Fox, fire department assistant chief. The fire was reported at 1:26 p.m. and started in the back of the house, he said.

Firefighters were on scene within five minutes and contained the fire within about 10 minutes, Fox said.

The house sustained heavy smoke damage, but the full extent of damage was not available.

The cause is under investigation.

Lydia Hobbs, who lives in the house with her children and a grandchild, would not speak at length Friday, citing the pending investigation.

Genie Weaver, owner of Larry's Service Center next door, was one of several neighbors who reported the blaze.

Weaver said people at the business tried to put out the fire with a hose.

"It wouldn't go quite far enough," she said. "By that time, you could see flames up."

Weaver reflected on watching one of Hobbs' children grow up in the area.

"I feel for them," she said. "Just glad nothing happened to them."

Victoria police also was on scene, and volunteers from the Victoria Fire Academy Alumni Association provided relief for firefighters.

American Red Cross officials said they would work with family members to provide their immediate needs.

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