ORANGE COUNTY - An Orange county family is homeless after a fire destroyed their home off of Highway 1131 north of Vidor on Wednesday.
No one was home when the fire was reported at about 11:48 a.m. by a neighbor in the 4300 block of Armon Road according to Chief Bryant Champagne of Orange County Emergency Services District One.
Ashley Lewis lived in the home with her husband and two children. She said she was at work and decided to head back home with her husband to run an errand. She said when she was about to turn on the highway she received a call from her neighbor that her home was on fire.
"It was hard watching it come down, 15 minutes after we got here the roof collapsed," said Lewis. "I keep replaying it in my mind, it is not good."
When firefighters arrived the structure was "fully involved" and flames were coming out of the garage according to Champagne.
Lewis said she lived in the home with her family for four years. She said they were about to finish paying off the mortgage. However, Lewis said she is happy that no one was at home when the fire started.
"I guess the lord was watching out for us, he made sure we were out before this happened," said Lewis.
The fire, which is under investigation, displaced a family of four and the Red Cross has been notified to assist them he said.
The family will be temporarily staying with Lewis' mother-in-law.
If you would like to donate to help out the family you can donate to the Friendship Bible Baptist Church at 3680 S Main St, Vidor. You can also send donations to Turning Point Church at 3600 N Main St, Vidor.
Firefighters from Orange County ESD Four assisted in fighting the fire Champagne said.The fire is still under investigation at this time.
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