The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

Local Scene

November 14, 2013

Fire destroys home in county



“My sister stepped outside of my grandmother's house and saw the fire burning from the roof and immediately called 911,” Shannon Murray said.

Currently, the family is staying next door with relatives but they hope to find their own place soon. The Anderson County chapter of the American Red Cross did make contact with the family on Wednesday.

There was no insurance on the late 1980s double-wide mobile home owned by the family or the home's contents.

The family is in need of clothing and household items. There are three girls ages 7, 9 and 10 and one boy, age 4. The girls wear size 8, 12 and 16 shirts and pants, and size 3 and 7 in shoes. The boy wears size 5T in shirts and pants and 13 in shoes. Their mother wears size 16 pants, X-large shirts and 8 ½ in shoes. Brenda Murray wears size 10-12 pants, large shirts and 5 ½ in shoes.

“We could use pillows, sheets, blankets, coats, dishes — anything, we lost it all,” Shannon Murray said.

Donations can be dropped off at Grace United Methodist Church, located at 1918 E. Murchison St. behind Trinity Valley Pools & Spa.

According to the sheriff, investigator Bill Yearout will conduct the investigation as to the official cause of the fire.

For more information on how to help the family, call Shannon Murray, Brenda Murray or Lily Murray at 903-538-0166.

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