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Fire makes Christmas morning 'horrible and scary'

Sonny Long

By Sonny Long
Dec. 27, 2010 at 6:27 a.m.
Updated Jan. 6, 2011 at 7:07 p.m.

A fire on Christmas morning destroyed a Cuero family's mobile home and an adjacent storage building. No one was injured in the blaze that firefighters battled for more than two hours.

Instead of a jolly and bright Christmas morning, it was "horrible and scary," said Shirelle Franklin, whose Cuero mobile home was destroyed by fire Saturday.

Franklin, Jenny Nesloney and their children lost everything. All five, including an 8-year-old boy and 4-year-old boy and girl, escaped injury.

"Thank God we made it out. That's what we need to be thankful for," Franklin said. "Everything else will eventually be replaced."

The Cuero Fire Department received the fire call at 104 T.L. Overture St. at 10:47 a.m. Flames were showing when firefighters arrived, and heavy winds hindered efforts to save the structure, according to the fire department report. Firefighters were on the scene until 1 p.m. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Franklin said everyone was sleeping when a knock on the door from the landlord alerted them to the fire.

"All I could think about was the kids," she said.

The Crossroads Chapter of the American Red Cross has assisted them with housing since the fire.

Dewitt County Sheriff's Office Deputy Santa also donated toys to replace those lost in the fire.

"As soon as we got to the motel, they had some toys," Franklin said. "This won't ruin their Christmas."

"We are so thankful for all the help from the communities of Cuero and Victoria. No words that can thank everyone for all they've done. Thank God, and thank them," Franklin added. "I know God is here with us. Everything else is irrelevant."

Franklin, who lost a loved one in August to ovarian cancer, said, "It's a lot to bear in one year - I just don't know where to go besides to pray. We're not going to question God. We're just going to move on. We have each other and our kids. We're here today, and we're blessed for that."



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