Three dogs killed in trailer fire

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by SHANNON MURRAY / KVUE NEWS and Photojournalist DENNIS THOMAS

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Posted on January 23, 2014 at 6:42 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 23 at 7:01 PM

TRAVIS COUNTY -- Just as this January freeze bears down, a fire left two families homeless Thursday morning in Northern Travis County.

The cause is still under investigation, but fire officials tell KVUE that in a cold snap, structure fires like this are common.

Caution tape surrounds piles of charred and mangled metal inside the Big Oaks RV Park off Whitestone Boulevard.

"They have nothing, it burned down everything they had," said Pastor Mike Parr.

Pastor Parr preaches at the Gospel House Ministry nearby where one of the families attends church.

"They were in the process of buying a place out in the country and moving, so I guess they get to start fresh," he said. "They had two new motorcycles they haven't had very long. You can see the motors, that's it."

Fire officials said everyone left home for work around 8:15 a.m. and the fire started shortly after.

No one got hurt, but one of the families lost their three pets.

"One couple, the young couple, they lost everything," explained Parr. "So they're pretty tore up. They lost their dogs, so they're more worried about that than they are their possessions. It's really sad."

There are no fire hydrants nearby so crews had to haul the water in. North Lake Travis Fire Chief Raymond Tennison said that's typical outside city limits.

"It's bad when you lose everything," he said.

Chief Tennison said the fire quickly spread from one trailer to the next and caused minor damage to a third home.

"Winter is a prime time for structure fires. You're really working your heating systems hard, [and] it takes more energy to keep the house warmer," he explained.

"I mean believe it or not I was checking my house really good before I left. It really gives you a new perspective," Parr said.

The Red Cross is assisting the families with shelter, food, clothing and additional financial assistance for coats because of the cold weather.

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