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Daughter saw house of deceased mom go up in flames

By Sonny Long
Jan. 13, 2014 at 5:03 p.m.
Updated Jan. 13, 2014 at 7:14 p.m.


"Mama's house is on fire," Sondra Brzozowski yelled to her husband about 7:30 Sunday night as she stared out the kitchen window of her Westhoff home down the street.

"The dogs were barking and wouldn't quit. So I looked out," Brzozowski, 43, said.

"Flames were coming out the front. I yelled at my husband (Dwayne Brzozowski) to call 911."

Fire departments from Westhoff, Cuero and Yorktown responded to the blaze that totally destroyed the wood-frame home in the 100 block of Crain St.

"Our neighbor is a fireman, and I called him, too. But it was too late. It burned to the ground," Brzozowski said.

"My little sister and my kids grew up there," she continued. "It's terrible."

Brzozowski's mother, Sharon White, had lived there until she died Thanksgiving week in November 2012 at the age of 62.

The vacant house was on the sales market, and much of its furnishings and personal belongings had been removed.

"We lost a few bureaus and cabinets," Brzozowski said.

Westhoff Volunteer Fire Department Chief Herman Gonzalez said the house was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived, and they remained on scene for about five hours.

"We had just gotten back in when we got called back out because of hot spots," said the fire chief. "We were out there until about 1:30 a.m."

Gonzales said the state fire marshal has been asked to investigate the cause of the fire.

The home was insured, and payments were being made on it, Brzozowski said.

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