Community support helping family stay strong after Tye house fire

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TYE, TX (KTAB) – A Tye family has been displaced after a fire destroyed its home early Thursday morning, but thanks to the support of its close-knit community the family is keeping faith that things will eventually be alright.

Bob Stonehouse had lived in his home on Indian Creek Drive with his wife, and recently his mother in law for more than 30 years until a fire raged through its walls – destroying everything inside.

“I woke up smelling smoke then I looked up at a light that was coming through my window and I realized it was flames,” said Stonehouse.

It was his 8-year-old black lab that initially warned the man that something was wrong – it began barking and yelping around 1 am.

“They were barking like I’d never heard them bark before,” Stonehouse said.

Stonehouse says he woke up his wife and the pair ran out of the burning home, leaving behind everything: Stonehouse’s Navy veteran hats and his mother’s ashes included. And once outside calling out to his 89-year-old mother-in-law to do the same.

“We got out just as quick as we could,” said Stonehouse.

Despite the loss, his family remains steadfast that it will overcome this tragedy.

“We lost all our material possessions but we still have each other,” Stonehouse said.

The Salvation Army was on scene of the fire to offer relief and so was the Red Cross, but further donations are being collected and organized by the Tye City Hall.

To contact the hall about a donation call 325-692-8588.

The Tye Volunteer Fire Department, Taylor County Sheriff’s Office, Merkel Police Department, View, Merkel, and Potosi Fire Departments all provided assistance in fighting this fire.

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