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March 18, 2009

House fire displaces family in Burrow community

Little yellow house, remodeled and loved over the years, destroyed

The yellow house which stood for so many years at State Highway 66 and County Road 2642, is no more.

Fire took it completely on Saturday night, March 7.

But the residents, 15-year owners of the home, Brian and Jeannette Mott, are alive, thanks to a wrong turn.

When Gloria Hinojosa and her husband, son and nephew of Balch Springs left Greenville that night headed west on SH 66, they didn’t turn on Co. Rd. 1565 at Caddo Mills as they normally do.

“For some reason that night, they forgot to turn,” said Ms. Mott, from the Holiday Inn where they are staying. “She saw the south side of the house on fire; the garage was about to burn.”

The Hinojosa couple immediately stopped and began pounding on the front window of the Mott home, loud enough that the Motts’ daughter and son-in-law across the street heard it, and sprang into action.

Mr. and Mrs. Mott were in bed; their bedroom is on the south side, the back of the house, where the fire was spotted first.

“We got out. ‘I am not leaving this house until I find my purse,’” Ms. Mott said she was yelling.

“We lost everything in the fire,” she said.

Their little dog Sugar is missing, having jumped out of Mrs. Mott’s arms. “I said a little prayer for her and that’s all I can do.”

Their big dog, Heidi, is safe.

The fire departments fought gallantly, Mrs. Mott said.

“Everybody fought as hard as they could,” she said, noting that neighbors hosed down their own houses because the wind was up so high.

The area, known as the Burrow Community, just inside the Hunt County line outside of Royse City, is in western side of the Caddo Mills Volunteer Fire Department district. Caddo Mills VFD was wrapping up a diesel fire on the Interstate, also in their district, with the help of Union Valley VFD, so Union Valley went ahead to make the initial attack, said Caddo Mills VFD Captain Jai Garcia.

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