Fire marshal seeks donations for family who lost all in Tuesday evening fire
by Gary Kent
May 02, 2012 | 1589 views | 1 1 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
This was what fire fighters found when they arrived at 707 N. Harrison St. Tuesday evening. A young family of three lost everything in the blaze. Donations will be received Sunday at the Central Fire Station.
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BEEVILLE — Beeville and Bee County Fire Marshal James Barrie is asking for donations to help out a young family who lost everything in a house fire Tuesday evening.

According to a report on file at the Beeville Volunteer Fire Department’s C.M. “Smitty” Smith Central Fire Station, the blaze was reported at about 5:12 p.m. at 707 N. Harrison St.

The occupants, Jessica Garcia and her two young boys, were at Veterans Memorial Park at the time attending a baseball game.

“Evidently it was burning for some time before somebody noticed it,” Barrie said.

He said police officers who were first on the scene reported that they watched as flames spread quickly throughout the wood-frame structure.

Fire fighters arrived within minutes but, according to the report, the structure was engulfed by the time they arrived.

Barrie said the Garcia family had lived in the home about three or four years. They had no insurance.

“We’re still looking at the cause,” Barrie said. He suspects there were electrical problems in the home.

Twenty-five fire fighters were at the scene and they used about 3,000 gallons of water and foam to extinguish the flames.

“I’d like to setup a donation drive for the family displaced by the fire,” Barrie said. “I would like to ask for donations to be dropped off at the Central Fire Station Sunday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.”

Barrie said he is looking for any household items, clothes, and other items for two children (boys) and the mother.

Barrie may be contacted at (361) 354-5789.

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at

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May 02, 2012
The children were:

Boy (size 12 shirt/14pant) and Girl (size 7 shirt/pant). Mother is (Large shirt/14 pant)