Red Cross Assists 12 Marlin Residents Displaced By Fire

The American Red Cross was providing assistance Monday to 12 members of an extended family whose house was leveled by fire that caused a few anxious moments when two oxygen tanks inside the home exploded.

(Photo by John Carroll)

MARLIN (May 5, 2014) Investigators were looking Monday for the cause of a fire that left 12 members of an extended Marlin family homeless.

The American Red Cross was providing assistance Monday to the displaced family members, as many as eight of whom are children.

No one was home when the fire broke out just after 1 p.m. Monday in the large house in the 100 block of Shady Street in Marlin.

Gusty winds fanned the flames, Fire Chief Justin Parker said Monday, causing the house to burn quickly.

Two oxygen tanks inside the burning home exploded, causing firefighters a few anxious moments, but no one was seriously injured, Parker said.

On Sunday officials said the residents were at church when the fire broke out.

The flames also spread to a barn that belonged to a neighbor.

It was also destroyed.

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