12-20-06 A Howe family is left homeless after their house was destroyed by a fire Wednesday morning. A neighbor called the fire department saying they saw flames coming from the house on Swanner Street. Luckily the family was not home at the time. Fire departments from Howe, Van Alstyne, and Gunter responded to the blaze which took several hours to get under control. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.