Fire destroys Van Alstyne home

By: KXII-TV Staff Email
By: KXII-TV Staff Email

VAN ALSTYNE, Tex. -- A family in Van Alstyne got a wild wake up call this morning as fire ripped through their home.

When firefighters arrived, flames were coming from the back two rooms. Van Alstyne Fire Department Lieutenant Brett Bearden says fire crews put the flames out quickly, but the structure is a total loss.

With damages estimated at $80,000 $90,000, Bearden says police arrived on the scene first to rescue a mother and her two children out of the home.

Authorities say the woman was trying to save clothes out of the burning house.

"The first thing to do is take care of yourself and the children and get out of the house. Allow the fire department, if we can, to salvage clothing get pets out of the house," Van Alstyne Fire Lt. Brett Bearden said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but fire officials say it does not appear to be foul play.

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