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Couple barely escapes fire
by Kenda Nelson
Dec 01, 2011 | 2368 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Opal and Jay Monrad of Woodsboro live across Reed Street from their son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Teresa Monrad, and saw their children’s home in flames from their bedroom window. After calling 911 and rushing to Kenneth and Teresa’s aid, they found the couple in the back yard seriously injured, having narrowly escaped the burning inferno.
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WOODSBORO — A starving, abused mutt wandered up to the Corpus Christi State Hospital where Kenneth and Teresa Monrad work as a teacher and a nurse.

The couple felt so sorry for the young pup, they dubbed him Bo Jangles and took him home to live with them at their home in Woodsboro on Reed Street.

On Friday night, at 11 o’clock, Bo Jangles returned the favor.

With the front porch blazing and flames shooting more than 30 feet into the air, Kenneth, 56, and Teresa, 48, were fast asleep.

Bo Jangles barked until the couple woke up.

“I’m sure that dog saved their lives,” said Jay Monrad, Kenneth’s father.

Only a wall separated the Monrads’ bedroom from the porch. Because the front of the home was burning, Kenneth pulled Teresa across their home to the back door – the only exit not consumed by fire, according to Jay Monrad.

Both were seriously burned, with Teresa’s injuries critical.

Teresa was transported by Refugio EMS to Woodsboro High School’s Eagle Stadium where a Halo-Flight ambulance landed. She was flown by the air ambulance first to Spohn Memorial Hospital in Corpus Christi and the following day to Brooke Army Medical Center Burn Unit. Kenneth was transported by EMS to Corpus and then to San Antonio.

“They are only a few rooms apart,” Jay Monrad said.

Volunteer firefighters from Woodsboro, Refugio and Bayside battled the blaze for several hours.

The state fire marshal has been called in to investigate the fire. The cause remains a mystery.

“From all indications, it began on the front porch,” said Chief Deputy Sheldon Wiginton. “The home was all electric, it wasn’t cold enough for heat and the air conditioner was out back, so at this time we’re still investigating the cause.”

Wiginton said the fire marshal will return on Thursday to continue the investigation.

Jay’s wife, Opal Monrad, says the horror of seeing the house on fire and not knowing whether their children were out was almost too much to bear.

“When I shut my eyes, I can still see it,” she said.

Jay and Opal Monrad had gone to bed when they heard what they thought was a car door slamming.

“I couldn’t figure out why anyone would be out there that time of night so I looked out the bedroom window,” he said.

Jay called 911 and Opal planned to start banging on the bedroom wall when Jay spotted Kenneth standing above Teresa who was lying on the ground.

Only seconds passed until the home was engulfed in the inferno.

Jay and Opal now appreciate what a homeless little dog accomplished.

“Bo Jangles was a scrawny little hungry pup when they brought him home,” Jay Monrad said. “They took care of him and now he’s a sturdy little dog. I’ve always hated that dog because he would stand at the corner of their yard and bark at me across the street — now he’s my hero!”

An account has been set up to help the couple at the First National Bank of Woodsboro, Kenneth and Teresa Monrad Benefit, P.O. Box 730, Woodsboro, TX 78393.
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