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Nov 27, 2013 3:25 PM by Sara Donchey

Kingsville Family Homeless After Early Morning House Fire

KINGSVILLE -- It was a nightmarish end to Angela Tijerina's kids' sleepover; she awoke to her son's friend screaming.

"I ran to the back to see and the back wall was already all in flames," Tijerina said.

The home on the 200 block of Fairview Drive in Kingsville caught fire just after 8 am.

And all ten people --most of them children--got out of the house with only seconds to spare.

"It was a bunch of kids, so I had to make sure not only were my kids out, but my son's friends also."

But everything inside the house, including three dogs, was gone.

Miriah Deleon, Tijerina's oldest daughter, described the terror of waking up to feed her infant son and realizing the house was on fire.

"I walk out and there's just so much fire, so much smoke," Deleon said. "I couldn't even see in the living room. And everything was just destroyed in a matter of seconds."

Firefighters think the blaze started in the back of the house, but are still investigating the exact cause.

Don Erebia of the Kingsville Fire Department explained that the winds probably fueled the flames.

And the timing couldn't be worse.

Angela and her four kids are homeless, the day before Thanksgiving.

"It's just a total loss," Tijerina said. "We have nothing...nothing. My kids didn't even make it out with shoes."

The family is thankful that nobody was hurt, but now they begin the long and difficult task of starting over with nothing more than the clothes on their back.

Tijerina is asking for donations or any kind of help the community can offer.

She asks that anyone interested in helping her family call her daughter Miriah at (361) 462-1895.

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