LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin fire officials are still investigating the cause of the fire that destroyed a home in the 1400 block of Sayers Street Thursday morning and left a family with little more than the clothes on their back.
Steve McCool, a Lufkin fire marshal, said Friday morning that the investigation revealed the fire started under the bed in one of the kids' bedrooms. Although McCool still has more interviews to conduct, he said he believes the fire's cause was accidental.
"We know the fire started in the middle bedroom, which is one of the children's bedrooms and the fire started at the foot or under the foot of the bed in that room," McCool said.
The home did have smoke detectors, but they did not activate for some reason, McCool said. He said he does not know why the smoke detectors failed to warn the home's occupants of a fire.
McCool described the house as a total loss. In addition, the two adjacent houses suffered smoke damage to their exteriors.
The fire started around 9:45 a.m. Thursday morning. The renter of the home said she was sleeping on the couch when her kids rushed in and told her that the house was on fire. They were able to escape the burning house unharmed, but they weren't able to save any of their belongings.
When Lufkin firefighters arrived on the scene, the house was engulfed in flames. Approximately 20 firefighters battled the blaze.
Katrina Poole, the occupant of the house, said her family did not have renter's insurance.
If you would like to donate to the Poole family, contact Charlotte Williams at (9936) 404-8117 or Sheila Moreno at (9936) 671-0212.