According to the 911 dispatch report, a neighbor called at 8:47 a.m. to report that the Middle Road home was on fire and that he didn’t believe anyone was in the house; however, he was going to check. The George West Volunteer Fire Department was paged as well as the Three Rivers VFD.
Leslie Walker, the landlord, dialed 911 to report the fire as well. Following that, San Patricio Electric was notified. Walker said it was her understanding that tenant Norma Coronado had gone to work at Live Oak Nursing Home and her husband, Randall Coronado, had gone into town to run an errand.
Norma Coronado’s teenage son was home alone and woke up as flames engulfed the home. “He was home alone and he woke up and saw smoke and knew the ceiling was on fire because it was smoldering. When he opened the door, the fire flashed. He got his dogs and ran to his neighbor’s house. Luckily, his two sisters had spent the night at a friend’s house,” Walker said.
An electric space heater plugged into an electrical outlet in one of the bedrooms was the likely cause of the fire. However, the fire is still under investigation.
“EMS arrived and checked him out; he was apparently fine. The fire department did an outstanding job on the fire and they deserve a lot of credit for getting there so quickly. But, when the fire was over, everything was gone. The family lost everything and they have no place to go because there are no places to rent,” Walker added.
Walker said she contacted the director of Outreach and she referred Walker to the Red Cross. “They (Red Cross) gave each family member $175; that is all. The only clothes they have are the ones they were wearing. I think Edward Pawlik Water Well is doing something for them because Randall (Coronado) works for them.”
Patsy Pawlik, with Edward Pawlik and Son Water Well, said that while the family is looking for a place to live, people can leave items they wish to donate at their place of business.
Kathy Campbell with the George West Food Pantry contacted The Progress to report she is on standby to deliver food for the Coronados as soon as they find a place to live. “I feel so bad for the family. It is Christmas time and they just lost everything,” said Campbell.
An account has been set up at First National Bank in George West under the name: Coronado Family Benefit Account. P.O. Box 2230, George West, TX 78022.