Brothers displaced after fire guts Temple home


Fire heavily damaged a home in a Temple neighborhood Monday morning.

Temple fire units were sent to 719 West Munroe at 8:20 a.m.

First units arriving noted flames coming from the roof.

“Man, I just can’t believe it, we’ve been there 7 years you know what I’m saying, it’s something that happens to everybody, but I didn’t think this would happen to me,” said Robert Freeman, who rents the home with his brother Freddie.

The fire was quickly knocked down with firefighters continuing to fight pockets in the attic.

“It was pretty big, it kind of damaged a whole bunch of stuff you know, we lost everything but we both got out safety, so that’s good,” said Freeman.

The fire was declared under control at 8:45 a.m.

There was no immediate word of injuries.

“I went to the dollar store to get laundry detergent so I could wash dishes, when I came back the house was in flames, opened my door and the house was in flames, so then I tried to put it out but I couldn’t, so I had to wake up my brother and get him out so that’s when it got out of control,” said Freeman.

The Temple Fire and Rescue says it’s good the two got out when they did.

“A fire doubles in size every minute and within a couple of minutes a small fire can grow exponentially so it’s critical to keep youself safe and get out of the house as quickly as possible once you discover the fire,” said Thomas Pechal with Temple Fire and Rescue.

They say it’s situations like this when people need to make sure they have a working smoke alarm.

“All fire departments in Bell County including Temple, provide smoke alarms to families, all they have to do is call and say ‘I need a smoke alarm’ and we’ll come out and install one for them at no charge,” said Pechal.

Cause of the fire remained under investigation.

“I’m sad because I lost my house and everything in it but I can replace that, I can’t replace a life, so that’s the good thing,” said Freeman.

Red Cross was contacted to provide assistance.

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