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Fire destroys Chester home Thursday

Constable John Fuller and Woodville Assistant Fire Chief Jimmy Watts surveying the destruction of the fire while Woodville Firemen spray the fire with water to put out the remaining smoldering embers.Constable John Fuller and Woodville Assistant Fire Chief Jimmy Watts surveying the destruction of the fire while Woodville Firemen spray the fire with water to put out the remaining smoldering embers.

By Tyler County Emergency Management Coordinator Dale Freeman

A home belonging to Justin Knox on CR 2670 North of Chester was totally destoryed by fire Thursday.

Chester VFD and Woodville VFD responded to the fire as is the protocol followed for two of our VFDs responding to a structure fire. The fire was in a remote area far from the fire stations and by the time fire trucks arrived, it was fully engulfed. The house was a total loss.

In a situation like this, we have a resident that has lost their home and everything that was in it. I went to the scene to check on the immediate needs of the victims and made contact with the American Red Cross. Even with someone who has insurance or other resources, it takes time to retrieve these benefits and in the mean time, the victim, as in this case, was standing outside in short pants and a short sleeve shirt with all of his clothes destroyed.

The weather is changing and it is getting cold. The American Red Cross steps in and in many cases is able to fill this immediate need. I obtained contact information and supplied this to the American Red Cross local volunteer.