Church St. home burns Saturday evening
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Dec. 26, 2006 - A Church Street resident fled the home he shares with his parents after the wooden structure caught fire Saturday evening. City fire investigators had yet to complete their investigation report Tuesday morning, but did indicate that the cause of the fire was not suspicious in nature.

Bobby and Debbie Brown's son, Timmy, was home when the blaze occurred, and was checked at the scene by ambulance personnel for smoke inhalation. His parents were out of town but returned Saturday night after being notified of the damage to their home, according to Salvation Army Chairman Jo Marie Neal.

The fire on Church Street was first reported to emergency dispatchers at 6:14 p.m. Sulphur Springs firefighters called in three off-duty firemen as well as Assistant Fire Marshall Eric Hill, who was assisted in his investigation by firefighter Allen Johnson.

When firefighters arrived, flames were showing through a window in the middle of the small wooden house. Firemen determined the fire was in one room and spreading into the attic. They were able to contain it to those areas, although the rest of the house sustained heavy smoke damage, according to  Sulphur Springs Assistant Fire Chief Tim Vaughn.

"My guys were able to get it out quick and did a great job," Vaughn said Tuesday morning. "We were there only about two hours."

Due to the heavy smoke damage, the Browns were unable to return to their home. Hopkins County Salvation Army has been assisting the family by covering the cost of a motel room, as well as helping with  clothing and personal items. While Debbie and Bobby did have a change of clothing with them, Timmy does not. Bobby also has only a light jacket.

Donations of clothing and money to assist the family are currently being accepted at Hopkins County Salvation Army headquarters, located inside The Bait and Tackle Shop at 1702  South Broadway St. Sizes needed include men's size 38x30 pants and 32x32 pants, extra large shirts, sizes 38 and 32-34 underwear, size 9 1/2 shoes, and size extra large coats; and women's size 6 pants, large blouse, 6-7 underwear and size 7 1/2 shoes.

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