DIBOLL, TX (KTRE) - A Diboll family is homeless tonight after their home and all their belongings were destroyed in a fire Tuesday morning. The mother, son and their pets escaped the blaze unharmed but they don't know what to do next.
Water drips on to the floor of what was once Lisa Wanner's bedroom. She walked through the charred remains of her home wondering what she and her 19-year-old son will do now, now that everything she owns is gone.
"Every single thing. I mean we have no clothes, we have no furniture. We have nothing," Wanner said.
Lisa called 911 Tuesday morning after her son put his clothes in the dryer and turned it on.
"He said it started to smoke. So he stopped the dryer and told me," Wanner said.
She thought her quick thinking would save her house but it was too late.
"I flipped off all the breakers to the house thinking okay and within five minutes it was just engulfed in flames," Wanner said. "And all we could do was sit and watch it burn. It was hard. It was really hard."
Fortunately all the occupants got out safely.
"I had four dogs and we got the dogs out and my son out and just sat in the yard and watched it burn. I mean we couldn't do nothing else," Wanner said.
Diboll Volunteer Fire Chief Darrell Roberts confirmed that the fire started in the laundry room.
"This is a real old house. Probably over 50 years old and it has two fault ceilings in it and that makes it real difficult when it gets in the attic to get to it and put it out," Roberts said.
He says the fire was out in about an hour and a half but not with out leaving devastation in it's wake.
"Nothing is salvageable. Everything is gone," Wanner said. "I have nothing. I have nowhere to go, nowhere to turn to, nothing."
The Red Cross has already provided some emergency assistance but as for what's next.
"I need help from anywhere I can get it from," Wanner said.
The Diboll fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire. He does not suspect foul play.
The Wanner house is located in Diboll in the 300 block of Chandler Street if anyone wants to offer some assistance. This is also Lisa's Facebook page: