Fund set up to help Shiner family who lost home in fire

Aug. 15, 2011 at 3:15 a.m.

A fund has been set up to help a Shiner family who lost everything in a mobile home fire Aug. 5.

Lucille Lawrence, 72, her husband, Lavel Lawrence, 75, and their great-nephew, Anton Dews, 30, lost all their belongings when a fire broke out at their mobile home in the 1500 block of 15th Street.

The family had lived in the trailer, which had belonged to Lucille's late mother, for the past 29 years.

Nothing could be salvaged from the home, including family photographs.

Donations may be made to the Anton Dews Benevolent Fund at the Shiner Branch of Lone Star Bank.

"Even though some of us haven't seen Anton in years, the respect we have for him is such that we feel compelled to help him at such a difficult time," said Larry Jahn, a longtime friend. "He has been very humbled by the support he's received so far, and would deeply appreciate any further assistance he and his family receive."

At the time of the fire, Lucille was the only one at home.

There were no injuries.

The family is staying with Dews' mother, Pamela Brown, who lives nearby.

Mark Panus, Shiner Volunteer Fire Department chief, said the mobile home was fully involved when units arrived and firefighters were on scene about two hours.

Although the cause of the fire has been officially listed as undetermined, Panus said they think it was electrical.

The American Red Cross Crossroads Chapter is also assisting the family with food and clothing.



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