WHITNEY, Texas – Firefighters battled both flames and the cold in Whitney Tuesday morning as fire heavily damaged a home.

“It didn’t like collapse of break through for a little while, but it was pretty bad once that roof collapsed,” said Candace Adams, Assistant Manager at McDonald’s.

The fire was reported at 10:40 a.m. by neighbors as no one was home at the house on Circle Drive in Whitney.

Fire units from Whitney, Peoria, Lakeview, White Bluff, the 2604 Volunteers and West Shore in Bosque County responded and the Hillsboro Fire Department sent their ladder truck.

The two-story brick home was considered a total loss.

“Everything from the roof burned and fell in on top of all the contents, it’s all water logs, smoke. Not a whole lot salvageable, some of the bigger solid pieces but none of the small stuff,” said Rick Sinclair, family member.

The roof and chimney collapsed during the fire.

“She called me about 10 o’clock yesterday morning and told me she was sitting in the car on the street watching the house burn,” said Sinclair.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation Wednesday, and though early on the fireplace was considered the source of the fire, attention later turned to it being possibly electrical in origin.

Firefighters noted help from a nearby McDonalds, which provided hot coffee and burgers for the firefighters working in the cold.

“There was about 40 I guess, fire department, policemen and all that stuff, we got them all coffee, we gave them 40 coffee’s,” said Adams.

The Salvation Army later also provided coffee and assistance.

When tragedy strikes, the kindness of a community can shine through.

“One thing we did say yesterday was ‘wow, they lost everything, but they’ll have it back in like no time’ because that’s how Whitney is, when one of ours is hurting we all come together and take care of them,” added Adams.

“We just thought we’d step in and kind of help out, said Deborah Carmichael, Co-Owner of Wildcat Cuts. They are collecting donations for the family. “We’re praying for them and through this hard time and that we’re doing everything we can do to help out their family.”

Below is a list of items still needed by the family:

  • Girls are 3-6mo and 6-9mo clothes
  • Diapers size 2 or 3 is fine
  • Enfamil enfacare formula
  • Avent natural bottles
  • Baby water (no fluoride) or distilled water works
  • Boy clothes size 3-4T & size 9 shoes
  • Adult clothes L shirts
  • Women pants size 8-10
  • Man pants 33×32 or 34×32
  • Toiletries for adults and kids

You can Venmo /PayPal donations to the family:
– Venmo @Amanda-Johnson-603
– PayPal texan9903@gmail.com
– Venmo @Becca-Vann
– PayPal b_sinclair3@yahoo.com