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Home, pets lost in Friday fire

By Erika Pedroza | Published Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A couple in Boonsville lost their belongings, including their dog Blue and rabbit Roger, in a fire that scorched their single-wide mobile home Friday night.

SMOKY SILHOUETTE - A volunteer firefighter wades through the charred remains of a mobile home in Boonsville that caught fire Friday. Boonsville-Balsora, Bridgeport, Lake Bridgeport and Runaway Bay volunteer departments responded. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

SMOKY SILHOUETTE – A volunteer firefighter wades through the charred remains of a mobile home in Boonsville that caught fire Friday. Boonsville-Balsora, Bridgeport, Lake Bridgeport and Runaway Bay volunteer departments responded. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Reka Diaz and Tony Lane were in Decatur buying gardening and home improvement project supplies when they received a call around 7:30 from their landlord notifying them that their home on Private Road 3508, southwest of Bridgeport, was on fire.

The landlord, who is also the couple’s neighbor, called 911 when he saw flames coming through the windows and roof.

The Boonsville-Balsora Volunteer Fire Department, assisted by Bridgeport, Lake Bridgeport and Runaway Bay agencies, responded within minutes. But when the first units checked on scene, the home was engulfed in flames.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Among the valuables lost in the blaze was the couple’s beloved 7-year-old Blue Heeler and Border Collie mix, Blue.

“He had the most beautiful blue eyes,” Diaz said. “He had been our baby.”

Friday’s fire was just another misfortune in a series of setbacks the couple has faced the last two years.

A year-and-a-half ago, Lane suffered a heart attack that has inhibited his ability to work.

“He just hasn’t been the same,” Diaz said. “We’ve been living on my fixed income.”

The two had also been without a vehicle until a couple of weeks ago. Now they find themselves without a home.

“We finally managed to save enough money for that, and now this,” Diaz said. “If anybody could help us, that would be a blessing – a travel trailer, anything we can stay in, and clothes. We don’t have any other clothes than this.”

Although Red Cross was dispatched to assist the couple, the organization’s help is limited. Diaz wears a size 12 in pants, a large in tops and a 7 in shoes. Lane wears a size 40 in pants, extra large in shirts and 10 in shoes.

To assist them, call 817-312-2704.

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