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UPDATE: Wood Co. Commissioner loses home in fire

UPDATE: A fund has been set up for the Gaskill family at CNB-Quitman.

Please send donations to:

Jerry and Hope Gaskill Fire Fund
c/o CNB
P.O Box 1092
Quitman, Texas 75783

UPDATE: 10:30 am: Fire Investigators are on site to determine the cause of the fire at Commissioner Gaskill's home.

Based on information from Gaskill, investigators will be focusing on the heating and air systems in the household.

At this time, there is no official cause of the fire.

WOOD COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - A Wood County Commissioner's home is a total loss after fire rips through it Tuesday morning.

Lindale, Quitman, Alba, Hainesville and Mineola Fire Departments were called to the scene in the 1700 block of County Road 2336 northwest of Mineola around 10:35 am. When the call came in they had just finished extinguishing another house fire on Wren Road in Wood County.


"The worst thing was seeing my daughters drive up from school and start bawling," says Wood County Commissioner, Jerry Gaskill.

Gaskill says he was in his shed looking for tools when he heard a beeping noise which he mistook for his RV's battery. When he stepped outside he realized it was the smoke detectors going off in his house.

"I ran through the house looking for the fire and it was getting smoky. I went to the washer room in my house because I had a big fire extinguisher there and I ran in there and opened the bathroom door and I seen flames coming out from the heat and air unit," says Gaskill.  

Jerry says he tried to put out the fire in the bathroom, even grabbing another fire extinguisher from the kitchen, but the smoke began to take a toll on him.

"I was almost laying on the floor the smoke had gotten so bad so I turned around and tried to get back out the window and I got it open and the boy that was with me helped drag me out," says Gaskill.

"I know that your instincts tell you to make an attempt to save your property, but your life at any age, any time is not worth any of the belongings inside the home. I would never suggest that," says Steve Finely, Mineola Fire Department.

Gaskill says they lived in the home for 20 years, and says they did have insurance.

Fire officials say the house was a total loss.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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