Early morning apartment fire in Hughes Springs leaves 7 families homeless

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Published: Dec. 22, 2021 at 10:52 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 22, 2021 at 10:55 PM CST
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HUGHES SPRINGS, Texas (KLTV) - Just days away from Christmas, seven families have lost everything they own, including Christmas presents for their children, in an East Texas apartment fire.

The call came in around 5 this morning in Hughes Springs, at the Patman-Switch apartments on South Pecan street.

A unit of eight apartments became a roaring inferno within seconds of fire crews arriving.

“When the first officer got here it was a smaller fire, then hit the attic and spread very quickly,” said Hughes Springs VFD fire chief Jay Cates.

“When we rolled up it was fully involved. And we’re just very fortunate that everybody got out. Nobody injured nobody lost their lives today,” said firefighter Robert Fritts, of the Crossroads Cornett VFD.

Units from Daingerfield, Linden, Avinger and Crossroads, pitched in with Hughes Springs. But manpower wasn’t enough.

“It was engulfed, fully engulfed. And there was no making entry,” said firefighter Morgan Fritts.

“Red Cross has already come and taken care of the families that were displaced. We’re not sure about the point of origin, right now the state fire marshals office is investigating,” Cates says.

Seven families living in the units escaped unharmed, but lost all they had.

“Everything’s gone. There’s nothing left at all. Nothing,” said Chief Cates.

Seeing firsthand that the families lost everything they owned, including Christmas presents, firefighters took it upon themselves to help.

“Several members of the community have reached out to us, and we are going to be taking donations. We will gather all the donations on Friday and they’ll be dropped off on Saturday. It doesn’t matter what’s under the tree, it matters who’s around the tree,” Morgan says.

The families lost all their furniture and clothing.

Donations, including Christmas presents for children, can be made at Hughes Springs City Hall, or the Northeast Texas Credit Union in Hughes Springs.

Both are located on East First Street.

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