Donations sought for family whose home was damaged in fire

Roof, attic destroyed; no injuries reported in Saturday blaze on FM 1567

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

July 8, 2008 - Donations are currently being sought by Hopkins County Salvation Army to assist Morris and Joyce Pippin, whose FM 1567 home caught fire Saturday.

The cause of the fire which destroyed the roof and attic, and caused moderate fire damage throughout the "occupant area" of the house is electrical in nature.

Hopkins County, Miller Grove, Arbala and Cumby firefighters responded at 6:16 p.m. Saturday to the blaze on FM 1567 in Miller Grove. When firefighters arrived, they reported heavy fire showing through the roof of the structure and began battling the blaze.

No one was injured as the residents had been out of town for a few weeks, and only returned home Monday. The blaze was electrical in nature, having started in the southeast corner of the home, near the breaker box and meter, according to Hopkins Count Fire Investigator Steve Caudle.

The family is being assisted by HCSA with a hotel room. While they do have some clothing, that which they'd travel, some items are still needed.

Monetary donations and clothing donations in the following sizes may be made at HCSA Headquarters inside The Bait Shop on South Broadway Street or by calling 903-885-9858 or 903-335-1032: women's size 38-40 or extra large blouses, size 16 petite pants and 7 shoes; and men's size 38x30 or 40x30 pants, large shirts and size 8 shoes.

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