NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A high number of house fires since the first of the year has placed Love In the Name of Christ's fire house in high demand.
The home is serving its purpose, but it's not without its share of expenses.
On Valentine's Day Brandon Spears was placed out of his home due to a kitchen fire.
"The fire started here. Ate up that wall," said Brandon Spears, a fire victim. "Came across caught these wires on fire because of the insulation that was in the attic and caught the rafters on fire."
Spears' family, including two small children, got out safely, but water and smoke damage put them temporarily out of the home. This week, the Spears will move into the Love In the Name of Christ Fire Rescue House free of charge. This will be the fourth family since the first of the year Love INC's director Patti Goodrum has helped.
"We actually just moved a family out of this house, so we're cleaning it today for the family to move in," Goodrum said.
"Hearing that was awesome that there was somebody actually willing to do that for you that doesn't even know you from the next man," Spears said.
The Fire Rescue House is serving its purpose, but not without expenses with each use.
"We have utilities, we also have home insurance that we have to pay, ground maintenance, home maintenance," Goodrum said. "We actually offer case management to the family who lives here, so we can help them find a new place to live. We like to pay their first month's rent if we can to help the family, again, really begin again."
Spears, like all the other tenants, is displaced by a fire occurrence. Yet, everyone who comes to live at the fire rescue house has their own special needs. Spears is anxious to make repairs to his damaged home just as soon as possible.
"My son is autistic and so moving is really a big deal for him," Spears said. "And so he was comfortable there. He liked it, so actually I'm working with the landlord to try to get all this fixed and rebuilt so we can actually get back in there because that's where my son wants to be."
Until then the family will live in a clean, comfortable three-bedroom home with a big backyard large enough for a young boy and his family pet.
"The American Red Cross" placed Spears and his family in a hotel immediately after the fire.
Their stay in the "fire rescue house" will be at least two weeks.
Donations for the home's expenses can be made to Love In the Name of Christ with a notation to designate it's for the Nacogdoches Fire Rescue House.