Hallsville family loses son in house fire

Codey Cohen
Codey Cohen

HALLSVILLE, TX (KLTV) - In just a matter of hours, everything was gone. Their home, all of their belongings, but, that's nothing compared to the loss of 8-year-old Codey Cohen

Harrison County fire officials, along with three volunteer fire departments responded to the fire just after midnight, in the 900 block of Main Street at the Tall Pines trailer park in Hallsville.

The Cohen family had only lived at the Tall Pines trailer park for a few months, but the park manager says they'd already become a strong part of the community.

Early Tuesday morning, before the fire department arrived, neighbors had gathered and were attempting to get into the trailer to save Codey.

Codey's mother had already broken through a window to get her 18-month-old son out. But, no one was able to get Codey, who died in the back bedroom.

Fire Marshall Thomas Hock says trailers burn fast, and there was little chance someone could have gotten to the boy.

"Metal roofed homes like on a trailer, and this particular older model where you just have wood paneling, that just adds to the fire load, and putting the metal clad, it's like being in an oven," says Hock.

In addition to the loss of young Codey, the family has lost everything they own.

Here is how you can help the Cohen Family:


Furniture and household items can be dropped off at:

Cheyenne Electric in Longview
702 McCann Road
Longview, TX
(903) 757-7797

Clothing donations can be sent to:

The Hallsville Primary School
300 W Willow St
Hallsville, TX 75650
(903) 668-5990 ext. 5012 or 1444

Clothing Sizes:

18-month-old boy- size 18 month clothes; unknown shoe size

5 year old boy- size 5-6 clothes; unknown shoe size

Mom- ladies size 11-12 pants and large shirts; size 6 ½ shoes

Grandmother- ladies size 7 pants and small shirts; size 7 ½ shoes

Husband- men's size 36x30 pants and XXL shirts; size 11 shoes

Monetary donations can be made at the following banks:

Community Bank in Hallsville and Longview

Austin Bank in Marshall and Longview

Account is named "Codey Cohen Memorial Fund"

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