House razed; 5 pets lost

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By Miles Smith on May 13, 2014. No Comments

By Alexandria Randolph

Highland Lakes Newspapers

Mother’s Day started well and ended poorly for one family who lost their home in a fire Sunday afternoon.

While the cause of the fire at a home on Burnet CR 116 near Inks Lake is still under investigation, monetary and material donations are being taken for the Warden family of six.

The fire began while the family was enjoying the Mother’s Day on Sunday afternoon.

“We were at the lake celebrating Mother’s Day,” said Angela Warden, owner of the home. “Someone we knew drove by the house and called to tell us.”

Warden said that nothing is left of the home that housed her family, including her husband, three daughters and infant son. The family’s dogs – five Silky Terriers – were also lost in the fire.

“That’s the worst part,” Warden said, and added that her husband Chance was having the hardest time dealing with the loss of the pets.

“One of the dogs went everywhere with him, so it’s been really hard for him,” she said.

Burnet Fire Chief Mark Ingram said the structure was “fully involved” when firefighters arrived.

“It was 2:59 p.m. when the call came in,” he said. “By 4:15 p.m. we had it under control.”

Ingram said the fire completely razed the home, which he believed was a mobile home with additions, and a nearby shed.

“There was nothing salvageable out of the house,” Ingram said and added that several brush trucks worked to keep the grass surrounding the home from catching fire.

Burnet Fire and EMS, Burnet Volunteer Fire Department, Cassie Volunteer Fire Department and East Lake Buchanan Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene and Hoover Valley Volunteer Fire Department was on standby.

Warden said that her family is handling the accident well.

“We’ve just remembered that it could be a whole lot worse,” she said. “We’re ok. The kids are just glad that nobody was hurt.”

The Wardens are staying with family in the area and are currently collecting donations through a trust fund at the First State Bank of Burnet under their name. A web fundraiser has also been created for the family and can be found by visiting the website and searching for Angela Warden.

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