Fire takes the home of an East Texas family

By Jamey Boyum - email

RUSK COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - A fire has taken the home of an East Texas family, with just over a week to go before Christmas. The New London Fire Department responded to County Road 116 D to find the Flynn family's house engulfed in flames.

You may remember their son, Robert Flynn. We introduced you to him last September. Robert has cerebral Palsy, but you wouldn't know it from the classes he takes. He has been doing Gymnastics for several years, and it has drastically improved his flexibility and mobility.

But now Robert, his sister and his parents are homeless. They're home is a total loss. And, they're trying to pick up the pieces even before the fire is completely out.

It took the New London Fire Department less than fifteen minutes to get to the Flynn's home in Rusk County, but they could do little but stop the fire from spreading. Steven Flynn was in the house when he saw smoke coming from the living room.

He said, "I went in there and looked and the whole ceiling was on fire, and then I went to get a water hose outside. I went back in and tried to put it out. I couldn't. I was going too fast so I grabbed my dog and ran."

The Flynn's other dog, Maggie, was already outside, but tried to hide from the fire.

"The outside one, she didn't want to come out from under the steps…the back porch, " Steven added.

Steven tried to save Maggie, but she didn't make it.

Steven's wife, Cynthia, was working at the time. A friend drove her home.

"It's devastating, but there's nothing you can do. Pick up and move on. We've got good friends and a close family, so we'll make it," Cynthia said.

Cynthia tried to salvage something while the flames kicked up in the only part of the house left standing. But she couldn't do that for long, and she couldn't salvage the Christmas presents. They were lost an hour before, along with all the things you keep in your house.

So what's next for this family of four?

"I don't know. Pray and hope, " Steven said.

The Flynn family has no insurance on their house, and New London firemen say the cause of the blaze is still unknown.

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