Fire sweeps through a Corrigan apartment complex

Six year old Geneva Knighten points to her fire-damaged home.
Six year old Geneva Knighten points to her fire-damaged home.

By Jena Johnson - bio | email

CORRIGAN, TX (KTRE) - Firefighters in Corrigan are trying to find the cause of a fire that broke out early Saturday evening at an apartment complex in the 100 block of Bluebonnet Circle. The fire has displaced seven families. Some of the survivors say a knock at the door saved their lives.

"It makes me sad because we got burned out," said six year old Geneva Knighten.

Geneva said she watched as flames swept through her home. She didn't have time to grab much. "I grabbed my baby kitten that's called Angel," she said.

Her mother, Sandra Meredith, said the fire is a major set back. They don't have insurance.

"You go to reach for the brush to brush your hair when you first wake up and you realize it's gone," said Meredith. "I mean everything... everything is gone."

"My stuff got burned and the TV blew up and now we don't got a TV or toys to play with," said Geneva.

Investigators said the fire started on the second floor in the apartment behind Meredith's. She said she had no warning. Meredith said the smoke alarm never went off in her apartment and if it wasn't for the man who knocked on her door, she's not sure what would have happened.

"Thank God a man came and knocked on every door at our apartment," said Geneva.

"This gentleman came in and he said get what you can and get out; the apartment behind yours is on fire," said Meredith. "It's blazing."

David Clarke and his family were not home when the fire started. A phone call sent them rushing.

"We just stormed over here and saw our whole house up in flames," he said.

At that moment, he realized starting over will be a struggle, especially with their 3 month old child. "We just got his baby room done and had everything finished," he said. "It was good."

As seven families look to start over, Meredith isn't sure where to begin.

"Devastated," she said. "I was just starting to get on my feet. I can't believe it."

To get through this, the two will now have to lean on each other.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The residents are in need of donated items like clothing and shoes. You can drop off donations at Corrigan Square Apartments, located at 116 Bluebonnet Circle in Corrigan, or call (936) 398-4172 for more information on how you can help displaced residents.

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