A Longview mother and son lose everything in an early morning house fire.
Phyllis and John Bridges woke up early this morning with neighbors telling them to get out of the house in the 200 block of Eckman Street in Longview.
According to neighbors they could smell the smoke, but could not find where it was originating in the house. The Longview Fire Department was called to the scene and extinguished the fire that started in the attic.
The Bridges say the fire alarms in the house did not go off alerting them to the situation. Ms. Bridges says the 70 year old house was the home her mother grew up in and had been in the family for many years. It is now basically a complete loss.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but Longview Fire Department officials suspect it was started by faulty electrical wiring in the attic. The Bridges did not have insurance.
No one was injured in the blaze, but after hearing that the house had caught fire, Ms. Bridges' other son and daughter-in-law were injured in a rollover wreck while trying to get from Lake Porte to Longview to be with the family. The daughter-in-law was transported to a hospital.
If you would like to assist the Bridges an account has been set up at Telco Plus Credit Union. Checks need to made out to John Bridges, Jr.