Ingleside Fire Leaves Nine Homeless

A fire in Ingleside Thursday night damaged or destroyed several trailers, and left at least nine people temporarily homeless.

All of the people that lived in the property were home last night when the fire broke out at around 8 p.m.

"We all ran out and got our dogs out, and by the time we made it across the street, the whole structure was on fire," Derrick Reeves said. "It burnt the tree up there, which connects to our house, which then caught our house on fire."

Reeves owns the property on Penoak Ave., where the fire occurred. The house he lives in with his wife and five kids suffered some damage to its garage and laundry room, as well as some smoke damage, but otherwise it was okay.

But reeves has a family member that lived in what was a workshop on the property, which was completely destroyed by the flames. That family member's father lived in a trailer on the property, which was also destroyed.

"As unfortunate as it is that everything was lost for them, you know, fortunately they made it out with their lives," Reeves said. "Everything else can be replaced."

The workshop that completely burned down had been in the family for generations. Reeves said he does have insurance, but he's not sure what insurance is going to cover. Meanwhile, he and his wife and kids will be staying with family until their home can be cleaned up and inspected to make sure it's safe to move back in.

As for the woman and her father who lived in the workshop and trailer on the property, the American Red Cross is assisting them with food, clothing and temporary shelter.

Fire officials said the cause of the blaze is still under investigation.


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