|Fire guts Pickton-area home; donations of clothing needed|
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
Nov. 30, 2006 - A Pickton family was left without a home last night after a blaze gutted their house.
No one was injured, but the house was being considered a total loss.
Hopkins County Salvation Army is paying for a hotel room for Bobby and Sandra Patrick and their adult son, Bobby Shane Patrick.
Emergency dispatchers were alerted at 8:52 p.m. of a fire on FM 852 west south of Pickton near the county line. Pickton-Pine Forest, Brinker and Arbala firefighters were dispatched to the blaze. Winnsboro firefighters also responded.
When the first officials arrived, they were informed all occupants had gotten safely out of the house, which was blazing on all four sides. The two men were reported to have been the only ones at home at the time, according to reports.
Firefighters were able to get the fire under control at 9:37 p.m. but remained at the scene until 11:13 p.m. Tuesday. Hopkins County Fire Investigator Steve Caudle was slated to go back to the house Thursday to try to determine the cause of the blaze. However, an initial investigation showed the fire to have started in the center of the house, which was completely burned out, according to fire reports. An electrical short was suspected last night as the cause of the blaze.
Hopkins County Salvation Army will be accepting donations of clothing and coats for the family at its headquarters inside The Bait Shop on South Broadway Street. Donations may also be taken to KSST radio station on Shannon Road, according to HCSA Chairman Jo Marie Neal.
Sizes needed for the family include women's extra large shirts, extra large coat and size 16 pants; and men's sizes 30x36 and 32x34 pants, large and extra large shirts, and large and extra large coats.