The blaze erupted in the kitchen area but the exact cause is still under investigation.
The double-wide mobile home is just outside the city limits where State Highways 202 and 183 converge.
Marshall was nearby at his business, Refugio Industries, when the blaze erupted. He watched from his yard as his home was consumed by fire.
Refugio Fire Chief Don Pullin said the blaze took a while to get under control so he called in firefighters from Woodsboro and Bayside.
“At first I couldn’t figure out why the fire wasn’t going out,” Pullin said. “We were getting a lot of water on the building.
The chief said a metal roof had been installed over the original wooden shingles which prevented the firefighters from getting water to the blaze.
“That explained the reason the fire wasn’t going out,” Pullin said.
The intense heat trapped between the metal room and the interior of the home kept firefighters at bay.
“The roof was too hot and it was too dangerous for the firefighters to try to get through the metal roof,” Pullin said.
The fire was under control before 9 a.m.