|Saturday fire destroys home, leaves family of five homeless|
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
March 27, 2006 - A Como family of five was left without a home following a weekend blaze which destroyed their Courson Street residence. The Hudson family was not thought to have been at home when the fire was called in Saturday.
According to fire reports, the fire was reported by a neighbor on Smith Street, just north of the Courson Street home, said the entire house appeared to be on fire. Como and Brinker firefighters were dispatched at 8:40 p.m. Saturday, with Pickton-Pine Forest assisting.
When firefighters arrived, the blaze was said to have already engulfed about 90 percent of the structure, too far gone for firefighters to attempt to save the structure. Firefighters attempted to keep the blaze contained to the area, making it a priority to keep the flames from reaching three vehicles and a detached garage next to the blazing house, Brinker firefighters reported Monday morning.
Upon arrival, neighbors expressed concern for the residents, Jason and Mary Hudson, their children 10-year-old Amy and 4-year-old Dustin, and Jason’s brother Bobby Hudson, might still be inside but firemen determined the occupants were not inside the house. Firefighters battled the blaze until about 11:30 p.m. Saturday night.
The house is being considered a total loss. Hopkins County Fire Investigator Steve Caudle was still trying to determine the cause of the Saturday night blaze Monday.
The Hudsons were able to stay with family members over the weekend, and Hopkins County Salvation Army Chairman Jo Marie Neal said that agency will likely assist the family with the expense of hotel rooms this week until they can make more permanent living arrangements.
Hopkins County Salvation Army is also accepting clothing and monetary donations to assist the Hudsons who lost all of their belonging in the fire, and who do not have insurance to assist them in replacing their belonging. Sizes needed include men’s size XXL and medium shirts, 40X32 and 30x30 pants, and size 7 shoes; ladies size small to medium shirts, size 5 jeans and pants and size 6 1/2 shoes; girls sizes 14-16 shirts and pants, size 4T shirts and pants, size 5 shoes, small children’s size 2 shoes and size 2 underwear.
Donations may be made at the HCSA headquarters, located inside The Bait Shop, 1702 South Broadway St. in Sulphur Springs, or by calling 903-885-9858.