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Yorktown fire destroys family's home, belongings

By Gheni_Platenburg
April 8, 2010 at 3:05 p.m.
Updated April 7, 2010 at 11:08 p.m.

YORKTOWN - An empty field with charred rubble is all that remains after a Wednesday afternoon fire destroyed what once was a gray, single-room home in Yorktown.

The house, located in the 330 block of West Eighth Street, belonged to the Lupe Rios family.

The fire began about 1:45 p.m.

The cause of the fire is unknown, Yorktown fire chief Darryl Borth said.

"When we got there, the structure was fully involved," Borth said about the plywood house with a tin roof. "It was a complete loss."

Lupe Rios, 63, said no one was home during the fire. He found out the home he shared for the past three years with his daughter, who is nine months pregnant, and three grandchildren was on fire after a relative called to give him the bad news.

"A cousin of mine was walking to the store when he saw the smoke and called 911," said Lupe. "By the time I got there, everything was gone."

Lupe sadly recalled how his grandchildren reacted when he told them about the fire.

"They said, 'Grandpa, that's sad,' but, hey, what can I do," he said, choking up.

The family lost all its belongings.

The family is temporarily staying in a Cuero motel, but 32-year-old Adela Rios said the family desperately needs a place to live as soon as possible.

"Right now, we need to find somewhere to stay after our days at the motel are up," she said.

Lupe expressed similar thoughts.

"If there's a house trailer someone wants to get rid of, we'd love to have it, even if it's something that needs repair," he said.

Despite losing everything, Lupe said the family is trying to stay positive.

"It's ugly what happened," he said. "We just have to keep on doing what we do."

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