Wedding will go on despite fire that destroyed local couple's house

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BELTON, Texas (KWTX) A fire that destroyed a local couple’s home of 30 years just more than a week before a daughter’s wedding didn’t destroy what can’t be replaced, the family says.

(Morgan's Point Resort Volunteer Fire Dept. photo)

"I just know that God's hand was in this, and he gave back to us what you can't replace,” Tina Bishop said Thursday.

Bishop and her husband were gone when the fire broke out at around 6:45 p.m. Wednesday in their house in the 900 block of Benchmark Trail in Belton where they reared their three daughters.

A UPS worker noticed reported the fire, and was able to save the family’s dog, Roofie from inside the burning home.

"He literally saved my dog's life, and, I mean, it would've been so much more devastating if Roofie hadn't made it out,” Bishop said.

Bishop said some items, including her mother’s wedding ring and some family photos were saved from the wreckage.

But most everything else, including items for the July 1 wedding, was destroyed.

"It's important, but she's a lot more worried about my parents and getting them what they need rather than that, because her dress is OK, and everything else can be replaced,” the bride’s sister, Jennifer Hoelscher said.

Neighbors have rallied to help.

The family can be contacted by email at jennifers.hoelscher@gmail.com.

The fire rekindled twice early Thursday morning.

Firefighters returned to the scene at around 2:45 a.m. and again at around 7 a.m. to douse the smoldering ruins of the house.

The cause is under investigation.