Family deals with loss of Nederland home destroyed by fire on 4th of July

Friday morning Jackie McQuillin did something no one wants to do... she walked through the Nederland home where she raised her children for nearly 20 years, after it had been destroyed by a fire the night before.

"We just had new flooring put in, new cabinets," McQuillin said as she pointed to her kitchen, completely destroyed by the fire.

The home is located in the 2500 block of Avenue G.

Nederland fire investigators say the blaze started in the living room on the same night a fireworks celebration was going on at Doornbos Park a few blocks away for the 4th of July.

As of Friday evening, investigators had not determined the cause of the fire, but had ruled out fireworks. Neighbors think it may have been caused by an air conditioning unit they say exploded through a side window.
The home is a total loss. Nothing remains inside except ash and broken furniture.

McQuillin currently lives in Groves, but her son Ryan was living in the house with his friend from high school.

"He was going to live here and go to college and do his basics here before he went off, but now now," McQuillin said about her son.

Luckily Ryan and his roommate were with a group of friends at the park watching the fireworks when they saw the smoke and came running.

"Five foot flames were coming out of the back door... it was crazy," Ryan said.

"I hate that we've lost it, but I'd rather lose my house than my kids, so I'm just glad him and his friends weren't here," said McQuillin.

McQuillin thinks the pain of losing the home that's meant so much to her family won't fully hit her for a few days.

"We had a lot of good times in this house. A lot of memories. They're childhood took place in this house," she said.

Her son has hope for the future.

"Hopefully we can rebuild it, hopefully we can make it better," he said.  "If not, we'll start over somewhere."



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