The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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August 14, 2013

County residence lost to Tuesday fire

PALESTINE — A family of five has been left homeless after a fire destroyed the residence they were renting in northwest Anderson County on Tuesday.

According to Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor, the fire occurred around mid-day on County Road 2303, located north of U.S. 287 between Tennessee Colony and Montalba.

Montalba, Tennessee Colony, Elmwood and Westside Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the blaze, which was focused on the rear portion of the L-shaped residence.

“The house was not destroyed, but it is unlivable — a total loss,” Taylor said. “A man, his wife, and their three children lived there — they were renting the home from a person in Kentucky. They were not insured.”

No one was at home at the time of the fire. The Anderson County Red Cross is assisting the family.

ACSO Deputy Charles Connors responded to the blaze and Investigator Bill Yearout will conduct the investigation as to the cause of the fire.

“We don’t think there was any foul play,” Taylor said.

To inquire about assisting the family, contact the local American Red Cross office at 903-723-0610. The office is located inside the Palestine Senior Activity Center, located at 200 N. Church St. in Palestine.

Mary Rainwater may be reached via e-mail at

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