Ore City family of 5 escapes home fire

ORE CITY (TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH) -- An Ore City couple and their three young children "were lucky to escape" a fire which extensively damaged their residence late Monday, said Upshur County Fire Marshal Paul Steelman.

Jason Anderson, Patricia Simmons, and their children ranging in age from 5 to 9 awoke and left the house at 210 N. Mimosa while it was "filling up with smoke real fast," Steelman said. The blaze, still under investigation Tuesday, may have resulted from an unattended candle, and foul play isn't suspected, he added.
Steelman said he was unsure what woke the family, which he said had a smoke alarm, but didn't recall hearing it. The fire gutted the living room, kitchen and dining room of the frame home, but didn't destroy all the family's possessions, he said.

Ore City, Diana, and South Shores firefighters responded to the blaze, reported at 11:58 p.m. (The South Shores fire department is in Marion County).

Three fire departments in Upshur County meantime responded to another blaze which destroyed an abandoned mobile home on Condor Road in the rural Glenwood community Monday night, according to Steelman and Gilmer firefighter Shelby Henderson.

The trailer--which Steelman said was owned by Sheela Denton and used for storage--was on the ground when firefighters arrived, Henderson said.

Steelman said Tuesday he didn't know what caused the fire and is investigating, but that foul play isn't suspected.

East Mountain and Glenwood firefighters joined the Gilmer Fire Department in responding to the blaze, reported at 8:55 p.m., Henderson said.


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