Luella family loses home in fire

By: Victoria Maranan Email
By: Victoria Maranan Email

LUELLA, TX-A Grayson county family lost everything they had in a fire over the weekend, the same day one of their loved ones suffered a major health scare. Now, they need your help.

The house fire was awful enough, but just hours before the home caught fire, homeowner Brian Johnson suffered a stroke. Now the family is struggling not only to rebuild, but to pay mounting medical bills.

Angela Johnson was heartbroken when she saw her home of 6 years reduced to rubble.

"We came home yesterday. I wish this wasn't even here, I didn't want to see it," she said.

Saturday, November 16th, Sherman and Tom Bean firefighters battled the flames that destroyed Johnson's home In the 100 block of Nichols road in Luella. Grayson County Fire Marshal, Kevin Walton, said the home was a total loss and the cause was electrical.

It was already a difficult day for Johnson who just brought her husband, Brian, to a local hospital after suffering a stroke earlier that day.

"I didn't even want to leave my husband. I didn't know how his condition's gonna be, but I knew I needed to be with my kids too," she said.

Her son, Johnny, and his wife narrowly escaped the flames. He said they're lucky no one was hurt.

"I was wondering if it could get any worse and then I remembered it could. Somebody could've died," he said.

The family rummaged through the damage Monday to see if there's anything they could save and found a Bible among the melted furniture. Johnson said that Bible was a wedding gift and it served as a beacon of hope during the ordeal.

"It's that Bible, believe it or not, has helped me get through this,"she said. "God just telling me yeah there's an accident and you lost your home but you've got your family."

Johnson said many people have come forward to show their support and they are thankful.

"I just want to put a thank you out there because without them, I don't know how we're gonna get through this," she said.

The Johnsons are currently staying in their daughter's home.

If you'd like to help, they have set up an account at the American Bank of Texas in both Sherman in Denison under the "Angela Johnson Fund."

They will also hold a benefit November 30th at the Sherman Elks Lodge.

You can also help out by heading out to Cherryberry in Sherman Monday from 4 p.m.-9 p.m., where 10 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Johnsons.


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