TROUP, Texas (KETK) – A Facebook fundraiser has been started for a Troup single mom after she lost her home to a fire Tuesday morning.
Joanna Beltran got a call Tuesday with the news her house was on fire. When she arrived home from work, her home was in ruins.
“You have no control over anything, and it’s a horrible feeling,” Beltran said. “I can’t begin to describe the feeling I felt when I got that phone call.”
The mobile home fire began at 10:15 a.m. in the 19800 block of Franklin Dr. just off HWY 135. Smith County Fire Marshal Jay Brooks said that an official cause of the fire has not been determined, but one of the children inside when it started told him it could be cooking related.
Brooks said that three children were inside the mobile home when the fire started. He said that two of the children were fifteen years old and the other was four. One of the teens and the young child were siblings, but the second fifteen-year-old was a family friend.
The kids made it out of the house safely. Beltran said her son, Jose, saved the day.
“He’s a hero,” Beltran said. “He just doesn’t realize it.”
One of the children inside was hospitalized with smoke inhalation. Brooks was able to say that it was the family friend, but due to HIPPA rules could not release their name.
Unfortunately, three family pets, two cats and a dog, perished in the fire that destroyed the home.
“What we created as a family is gone. It’s all gone.”
I can’t begin to describe the feeling that they are going through. They have lost everything! Anything will help!!! Please! Please! Let’s help this sweet family!Facebook Fundraiser for the Beltran Family
The fundraiser was organized by Brooke Clague and was started just hours after the fire. Within nearly 24 hours, it raised nearly $4,000. The overall goal is to reach $10,000.
To help contribute to the fundraiser, click here.
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