According to a report on file with the Beeville Volunteer Fire Department, the call came in at 2:07 a.m. from 2635 Tanya Lane, a home owned by John and Janet Crouch.
The report said the fire had started in the kitchen of a large, nine-bedroom, 14-room, two-story home.
Eight people were at home when a smoke alarm sounded and everybody got out without injuries.
A son-in-law tried to put out the blaze using a dry powder fire extinguisher without results.
According to Assistant Fire Chief Lanny Holland, firemen found the residence fully engulfed with smoke and flames when they arrived at the scene minutes after the Beeville Police Department received the call.
BVFD had four fire trucks and a tanker at the scene but Holland said a call for assistance went out quickly and five more fully manned trucks arrived at the scene, each capable of putting both water and foam on the flames.
One truck came from Papalote, the Skidmore Volunteer Fire Department sent two trucks and Pettus and Normanna fire departments sent one truck each.
Firemen reported that the fire was out by about 6:30 that morning.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.