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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  • by anon on Jan 26, 2008 at 10:42 AM
    This once again reminds me how grateful we are to those who serve, all ended well this time. Blessed B.
  • by Lt Bearden VAFD Location: Van Alstyne on Jan 25, 2008 at 06:39 PM
    The Van Alstyne Ministerial Alliance and the American Red Cross are currently helping the family with emergency clothing needs, you can always donate to your local ministerial alliance or the American Red Cross. The red Cross is also placing the family in a local hotel until the insurance company can get funds to the family. Thanks to the concerned citizens that want to help.
  • by Denise Location: Anna on Jan 25, 2008 at 12:46 PM
    Anonymous, why would you even have to ask that question? Don't be so ignorant. We should be grateful no one was hurt.
  • by Sherman Location: Sherman on Jan 25, 2008 at 12:40 PM
    Maybe KXII can post some size information like shoes and clothes for the family and start taking donations.
  • by TAMMIE Location: VAN ALSTYNE on Jan 25, 2008 at 11:38 AM
    This family has 8 children. She told them to get outside and she was getting papers, pictures and clothing. My thoughts and prayers are with them becasue I to was once in their shoes. It isn't easy.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 25, 2008 at 11:25 AM
    Please tell me the woman was trying to save the clothing AFTER she got her kids out?! Maybe it's just me, but my child is far more important than any clothes I could buy.
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