Fire Destroys Harleton Home

Fire destroys an East Texas family's home, and takes everything they own with it.  It was a blaze that had firefighters scrambling to keep the flames from starting a forest fire.  The Harrison County home is located in a remote area, just east of Harleton at 615 Wells Road.  The fire started around 9:00 p.m. Friday night, and by the time firefighter's got there the house was engulfed.

The remote location made it difficult for firefighters to get water in because it was heavily wooded.  Firefighters say they worked quickly to keep the flames from jumping into the trees.  A disabled woman, Tamara Olivares, 49 who lives on a fixed income, and her children lived at the home, but were not at home at the time of the fire.

"They need food and clothes and a place to live," said Olivares' mother Wilma Johnson.  "I don't know where they're gong to live now.  It was frightening for a long time before we knew they were ok."

"Biggest concern mainly was keeping it contained to the house, for fear of it getting out in the woods and the grass," said Harleton Fire Captain Toby Sharp.  Olivares was not insured.  A relief fund has been set up at First State Bank in Harleton under the name of Tamara Olivares.

Bob Hallmark, Reporting.