Salvation Army taking donations for local family hit by house fire

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Oct 25, 2007 - While investigation into the cause of the fire which heavily damaged the kitchen of a Live Oak Street residence Wednesday is ongoing, officials say the blaze is in no way suspicious.

Staff Photo by Angela Pitts

Kevin Kwast, owner of Comet Cleaners Dry Cleaning & Laundry, hands coats to Pinkie Cooper (far left) and Jo Marie Neal with Hopkins County Salvation Army to be given to Terry, Tonya and Britt Riley, whose home caught fire yesterday.

The two story home sustained smoke damage, and no one was hurt as all three residents were away from home when the fire occurred. However, a family pet, a 1-year–old cocker spaniel named Callie, died in the home as a result of the fire.

��It started in the kitchen area,� said Sulphur Springs Fire Investigator David James.� "There was smoke damage throughout and it is very damaged in the kitchen. It got in the void between the two floors and hampered the fire a little. It was an unfortunate incident.�

James said resident Tonya Riley said she wasn’t burning candles but that something was cooking in the stove when she left her home Wednesday morning to run errands. Residents Terry and son Britt were also away from home at the time of the fire.

�We haven�t pinpointed the ignition source yet,� James said.

Terry and Tonya Riley, and their son Britt are being assisted by Hopkins County Salvation Army. Monetary and clothing donations may be made for the Rileys at HCSA headquarters inside The Bait & Tackle Shop, 1702 South Broadway St. or at KSST on Radio Road, or by contacting HCSA Chairman Jo Marie Neal at 903-885-9858 or 903-335-1032.

Clothing sizes needed include men’s sizes 38x32 and 30x32 jeans, extra large and small shirts, and extra large and medium jackets; women’s size 4 or 5-6 pants, medium blouses, and medium to large jacket.

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