Road to rebuild: Community raises money to help East Texas family

Road to rebuild: Community raises money to help East Texas family
(Source: KTRE)
(Source: KTRE)
(Source: KTRE)
(Source: KTRE)

HUDSON, TX (KTRE) - More than a month ago, an East Texas family lost their home in a fire on a cold February night.

For Scott and Jennifer bridges, it is a constant reminder of the night which burned their home to ashes.

"It's the thoughts that go through in my mind is having to start rebuilding, the cleanup and then eventually getting something else in here," Scott said.

Scott's wife said many times she finds it hard to move forward.

"There are days that I just sit here and I cry because there's so many memories in that house and so many are irreplaceable;  so many mementos in that house," Jennifer explains.

It was around 2 a.m.  on February 15 when their teenage daughter smelled the smoke. Within minutes everything caught on fire. Luckily, the family and two dogs were able to walk out unharmed.

Understanding their hardship the surrounding community is stepping in to help. The community is coming together this weekend to help raise funds as the family works to rebuild.

Family-owned Jimmy's Bar is helping raise money by hosting a benefit with live music featuring Joe Cuellar, an auction, and fish fry so the Bridges can build a new home.

"We feel like it's the right thing to do. They need help. They lost everything, I mean everything. And by the grace of God that they are out alive," said Rhonda Holland, daughter of the family-owned bar.

Several neighbors and friends have even donated much needed clothes and other essentials.

Although they're scrapping by right now, this family is touched by support from the community.

"I'm grateful because of the fact, if our 14-year-old had not have woken up, we probably wouldn't have made it out.  So in my eyes, she's our hero," Jennifer said.

The benefit begins Sunday at noon at Jimmy's Bar which is located off of Highway 94, right outside of Hudson.

Fish Fry rates: $5 for adults, $3 for kids and children under 3 eat free.

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