A local family lost their home and its entire contents to a fire on Saturday, June 18, 2011, at 1401 Avondale. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but is thought to have originated in the family's carport, according to Sweetwater Fire Chief Grant Madden. The blaze was contained due to the efforts of many firefighters and local law enforcement officials assisting.
The home has been owned by Candice Gomez for almost seven years, who lived there with her two sons, ages 13 and nine, and also with her brother and sister-in-law, Jeremy and Bianca Daniel and their two sons, ages five and 16 months. The families are currently living with other family members and are in need of many things, as all of their belongings were lost in the fire. Household items, furniture, clothing and many other items will be needed to help the families. Clothing sizes for the children include sizes 2T and 5T. Size 3 diapers and wipes can also be donated. Other clothing sizes are men's size 32 pants and men's large shirts, women's medium and large tops and sizes 9 and size 11 bottoms, men's size 10.5 shoes and women's size 7.5 shoes. Donations can be taken to 804 E. 15th Street or by calling 325-513-0243. An account has been set up at Texas National Bank for the family. All donations are greatly appreciated.
Shown, Sweetwater firefighter Jarrett Knowles uses a chain saw to help in fighting the house fire.