|Como fire leaves family homeless|
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
June 24, 2005 - An early afternoon blaze Tuesday left six Como residents without a place to call home, but firefighters were able to salvage some of the family’s clothing and other valuables.
No members of the Flowers family were injured, as all were away from home.
The fire was first reported by a neighbor, who spotted smoke coming from the McBride Street residence at about 1:45 p.m. Tuesday.
When Como, Brinker and Hopkins County firefighters arrived, heavy smoke could be seen boiling out the windows of the metal-roofed house, located off State Highway 11 east in Como.
Firefighters were able to quickly contain and extinguish the flames, thought to have originated in the back of the house. Fire damage was mainly limited to one section of the house, with the remainder of the building sustaining heavy smoke damage.
Firemen remained at the location until about 3:45 p.m. ventilating the house and extinguishing hot spots which continued to smolder in the walls and attic.
Thanks to the firemen’s quick work, the family was able to salvage some clothing and valuables. The house, however, will not be livable.
American Red Cross personnel from the organization’s Greenville office responded Tuesday afternoon to help meet the immediate needs of the family, which included Johnny and Rita Flowers, their son and daughter-in-law Brad and Denise, and the younger couple’s two girls, 3-year-old Emily and 7-year-old Erika. Hopkins County Salvation Army made contact with the family later in the evening to lend assistance
Rita Flowers was the first to arrive at the scene. She advised firemen that the family has homeowners’ insurance, which should help with replacement costs.
In the meantime, the Red Cross and Hopkins County Salvation Army will be sharing the expense of hotel accommodations, food, clothing and immediate necessities for the family until more permanent arrangements can be established, according to HCSA Chairman Jo Marie Neal.
HCSA will also be accepting clothing donations for the family inside The Bait Shop at 1702 South Broadway St. Clothing sizes needed include men’s size 36X32 pants and 38x34 pants, extra large shirts, and size 14 shoes; women’s size extra large shirts and size 14 blouses, size 14 and 16 pants, and size 10 shoes; girls’ size 10-12 shirts, size 10 pants, size 4-5T clothing and youth size 2 1/2 shoes and size 10 children’s shoes. Clothing may also be left at the KSST office on East Shannon Road, or donations can be made by calling HCSA at 903-885-9858.