Lorena: Family displaced after fire destroys home

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LORENA, Texas (KWTX) A family of five in Lorena is displaced and in need of assistance after a fire late Friday night destroyed their home at 280 Lorena Meadows Drive.

"Multiple neighbors came over here trying to help put out the fire with hoses, fire extinguishers," said Megan Heslep, who lives at the home with her two children and her parents. "Someone was calling 9-1-1. From the moment of the 9-1-1 call until the moment Lorena fire department arrived out here was 45 minutes. By the time they got here, it was already engulfed in flames."

In a matter of what seemed like moments the house that the family called home for four years was gone. Luckily Heslep's children were with family at the time. Thankfully no one suffered any injuries, but unfortunately the family did lose a dog in the fire.

"I’ve lost everything," said Shellie Hicks, who owns the home with her husband.
"You know watch my dad sit here and break down because everything he's worked so hard for (is gone)," said Heslep. "And then to tell your kids that they don't have a home to go to no more."

Heslep is amazed by the help the family received from the community that night.

"I mean both my neighbors on either side, people from across the street, people from the other side, you know people driving down Old Lorena Road, pulled up here just to help us try to, you know keep my mom calm," said Heslep. "Or to help my dad. I mean a guy gave my dad a jacket off of his back. My dad didn't even have a shirt on."

However, the family is still in need of assistance. Everything was lost. They are currently staying in a hotel with only the close on their back as their only possessions.

"Right now it's mainly just getting stuff for my kids," said Heslep. "Clothes, shoes. Art books for my daughter. She loves to draw and write. My son he loves music. Its blankets, clothes. I mean for all of us. Because this what we have, what's on our backs."