A Briar family of four, soon to be five, lost their home to a fire about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Rebecca Gavina, who is pregnant and just four days away from her due date, escaped from the home uninjured but had a contraction while talking to Wise County Deputy Fire Marshal J.C. Travis. Travis said he thought Gavina was OK, but medics were monitoring her condition.
He said that Gavina and her two children, an 8-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son, had already gone to bed when her fiance, Alfonso Jayme, smelled “wood smoke.” He was watching TV when he first noticed it and thought someone nearby might be burning something.
“But then it became too strong,” Travis said. “He saw smoke coming up where the floor and wall meet.”
Travis said the homeowners had been having electrical issues, but the official cause has not yet been determined.
The mobile home, in the 100 block of Private Road 4901, was a total loss. Boyd Fire Chief Jonas McEntire said it was fully involved when his crews arrived between 9:30 and 10 p.m. Other fire departments called to the scene were Newark, Briar and Reno.
The Red Cross was called to assist the family.Print This Page