Community Comes Together After Ballinger Familly House Fire

Gau's Family Loses Everything to Fire on Saturday

BALLINGER, Texas (KRBC)- This past Saturday a family of four lost their home in Ballinger. Although all they have are the clothes on their back, the community has come together to bring up the spirits of the Gau family.

Neighbors told KRBC that they heard an explosion and immediately checked to see what it was. As soon as they walked outside, they saw the Gau's home up in flames.

"The winds didn't help the fire, but the fire department did the best they could", explained Jason Battle.

Luckily, no one was in the home during the time of the fire.

Jason Battle, a friend of the Gau's, was in Clyde, Texas with his daughter and the Gau's twin daughters, for a basketball tournament. 

Battle told KRBC that when Mr. Gau got the call that his house was on fire, he turned to him and knew something was wrong.

"Tim left immediately and by the time he got to there the house was burned to the ground." Said Battle.

Battle also said that they let the twins play in the tournament before telling them about their house.

Angela Gau, the mother, was away from the home at the time of the fire due to an event at the local school.

"Both Angela and Tim work at Ballinger ISD in the technology department and they are always involved with the community and youth sports around town", explained Jeff Butts, the Superintendent of Ballinger ISD.

The school district as well as the rest of the community has already set up bank accounts at local banks around town so people can donate to the Gau's.

"I want to get them clothes and stuff but don't know what they prefer, but most of all they need the money", explained Battle.

Battle has also set up a GoFundMe for the family.

Although they may have lost their home, the family is said to be in good spirits and have their heads held high. 


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