ETOILE, TX (KTRE) - An Etoile family lost everything in a house fire on New Year's Eve.
Area fire departments and Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the fire at a home in the 1000 block of County Road 475 at about 9:32 p.m. Thursday. When the first deputy arrived on the scene, the house was fully engulfed in flames.
"The garage was engulfed and it looked like part of the house was already beginning to burn," said Etoile Volunteer Firefighter Denise Fischer.
The house belonged to the late Mervis Lowery, who was a founding father of the Etoile Volunteer Fire Department, but a family of four adults and two children where staying in the home when it caught fire.
"They heard a noise in the garage and when they went to investigate, the garage was already burning," Fischer said.
All six were able to escape the house safely, leaving behind almost all of their belongings.
"They basically got out with the clothes on their back," said Fischer.
Fischer called the Angelina County Red Cross director to see what could be done.
"He told me not to worry, that they would be taken care of," Fischer said. "That is awesome, but they're the Red Cross, that's what they do."
Fischer and several neighbors said the family is devastated but the community rallying around them.
"There was no loss of life and material things can be replaced," Fischer said. "This family is going to be okay."
The cause of the fire is unknown at the time and is currently under investigation.
A family friend posted the clothes sizes for the four adults and two children who lived in the home.
- 6-year-old girl: Size 7 cloths and Size 1 shoes
- 9-year-old boy: Size 10 clothes and Size 5 shoes
- Man: 2XL shirts, 34-32 pants, and Size 10EE shoes
- Woman: XL shirts, 13 pants, and Size 10 1/12 shoes
- Woman: XL scrubs, XL shirt, Size 14/16 pants, and Size 10 shoes
- Man: 2XL shirts and 2 XL pants
People can also contact Impact Nacogdoches or the Etoile Volunteer Fire Department to make donations to the family.