Bloomington family loses temporary home to fire (w/video)
Jan. 11, 2018 at 10:21 p.m.
Updated Jan. 11, 2018 at 10:28 p.m.
BLOOMINGTON - The Sanchez family comforted each other as they saw a white house they called home be consumed by flames Thursday afternoon.
The house was their temporary home while the family tried to rebuild their first home which was heavily damaged by Hurricane Harvey.
"Just the little stuff we were able to keep (from the hurricane) was in that house," said Alyssa Sanchez, 18, as she held back tears. "We have nothing left except for the clothes on our back."
Firefighters responded about 3:55 p.m. to the 1300 block of Traylor Road where they found the home completely engulfed in flames, said Victoria County Fire Marshal Richard Castillo. He declared the house a total loss.
Castillo said firefighters took about 45 minutes to get the fire under control.
The steady wind and the dry grass surrounding the house caused the fire to expand to a grass fire across the street.
Samuel Sanchez, 20, was inside the home, sleeping in his room, when he noticed the fire.
"I heard explosions, I thought I was dreaming," he said. He said he saw the fire start next to the couch.
He took the family's cat and dog out of the house and ran to his grandfather's home next door.
His father, Lupe Sanchez, 46, said the property is owned by Briggs Ranches. He does electrical work for the ranch.
The family had been staying at the home for about four months.
They moved in after their home, which they lived at for more than 10 years, was deemed "completely unlivable" from the damages from Harvey.
The hurricane caused their roof to shift, their home had about 1 to 2 feet of water inside and it was separated from the laundry room.
"We can't live in that house, it's completely unlivable," Alyssa Sanchez said.
The American Red Cross will support the family with financial assistance for immediate need, place them at a hotel and assist them through the recovery process, said Debbie Ellsworth, the organization's disaster program manager.
Lupe Sanchez said they have great support from his and his wife Roxanna Sanchez's extended family.
He was unsure what the next step was after the fire, but he was hopeful his family would be able to return to their first home after renovations are complete.
"I have no plans right now," Sanchez said. "We will continue working on the house and will be staying with family."
Several fire departments responded to the fire. They were the Victoria Fire Department, Victoria County Volunteer Fire Department, the Bloomington Volunteer Fire Department, Placedo Volunteer Fire Department, DaCosta Volunteer Fire Department and the Quail Creek Volunteer Fire Department.
The cause and origin of the fire was not available Thursday night. Castillo said the fire in under investigation.